Prince Wil­liam be­gins visit to Gulf in Kuwait on trip fo­cus­ing on ed­u­ca­tion and mil­i­tary re­la­tions

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The UK’s Duke of Cam­bridge has landed in Kuwait to be­gin a visit that will fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion, mil­i­tary links and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Trav­el­ling solo, Prince Wil­liam ar­rived at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port last night. He will later visit Oman.

On the trip re­quested by the Bri­tish For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice, Prince Wil­liam “will take in both coun­tries’ unique cul­tures, their beau­ti­ful land­scapes, and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties” Kens­ing­ton Palace said.

The jour­ney marks the first royal visit since his un­cle, Prince An­drew, stepped aside af­ter scru­tiny over his friend­ship with con­victed sex of­fender Jef­frey Ep­stein.

Prince Wil­liam will visit Kuwait City and Mus­cat, but will also ven­ture out into Kuwait’s deserts and Oman’s wadis to learn more about how the coun­tries pro­tect their unique nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

The duke will take part in cel­e­bra­tions for the 120th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the 1899 Treaty of Friend­ship be­tween Kuwait and the UK.

Prince Wil­liam plans to meet some teenagers from the re­gion, and visit or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to ed­u­cate and em­power young peo­ple through projects that pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to help them de­velop life skills such as lead­er­ship and re­silience.

Be­fore leav­ing the UK yes­ter­day, the duke backed a cy­ber bul­ly­ing preven­tion app, say­ing it “can only be a good thing for chil­dren’s dig­i­tal well-be­ing and men­tal health”.

The trip will also take in the UK’s mil­i­tary links with the two na­tions, in­clud­ing join­ing Kuwaiti and UK troops on a Desert War­rior Ex­er­cise. Later in Mu­san­dam in Oman, he will earn about how the Royal Navy of Oman is mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic in the Strait of Hor­muz.

The strait has come into fo­cus for the UK’s mil­i­tary af­ter the seizure of a Bri­tish-flagged tanker by Iran in July.

The Stena Im­pero was de­tained for two months while trav­el­ling through the busy, ship­ping lane and even­tu­ally re­leased on Septem­ber 27.

Prince Wil­liam and Ali Al Habsi, the Omani-born goal­keeper for West Bromwich Al­bion, be­fore the duke’s visit to the Gulf

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