The offices of Prince Charles and Prince William have shared a funny message to the Royal Family of Kuwait in the wake of the Amir’s death this morning. Prince Charles spoke of the kindness shown by the Emir of Kuwait, as well as the terrible damage he has done to the country he has ruled since 2006.
His son William spoke of Sheikh Sabah’s work as a diplomat in the Middle East.
The Prince of Wales wrote in a letter on 29 September: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of your Majesty, your dear brother, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and I especially want to express my sincere condolences to your family and Sympathy to the people of the State of Kuwait in times of extreme grief.
“As a leader and humanitarian, the late Amir’s wisdom and promise of peace and stability was highly praised and I can well imagine how deeply his loss would be felt by so many people.
“I will always cherish the most special and affectionate memory of his late height, whose grace to me for so many years will never be forgotten.
“I can only express my sympathy for your new height together with your sincere wishes and reassure you of the height of my commitment to the long-standing bond of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.”
Prince Charles visited Kuwait twice on behalf of the British government.
He first traveled to the country with Princess Diana in 1989 on a Persian Gulf trip.
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During their visit, they had lunch together with Sheikh Sabah.
The Prince of Wales returned to Kuwait in 2007 with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
During a four-day solo visit, the Middle Eastern country visited the Duke of Cambridge for the first time last year, which also brought him to Oman.
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Expressing grief over the death of the 91-year-old emir, William said: “I am saddened to hear of the death of the glorious Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
“During my visit to Kuwait last year, I had the opportunity to meet his stature and learn that he will be fondly remembered for his global humanitarian efforts and commitment to regional peace.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of Kuwait on their death at the death of their God.”
The message from Prince Charles and Prince William came after the Queen conveyed her condolences to the people of Kuwait in a personal letter to Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Emir’s brother.
Recalling Sheikh Sabah’s state visit to the UK in 2012, the Queen said: “Your distinguished brother dedicated his life to the state of Kuwait and especially to its relations with allies and friends.
“He will long be remembered for regional stability, understanding between nations and between values, and for those who work for humanitarian needs.
“I am deeply moved by his friendship with the United Kingdom, and his memorable state visit in November 2012.”
Sheikh Sabah died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was recovering from surgery in July.
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