His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died on May 13.
Prince William met His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to offer his condolences.
It was Queen Elizabeth II who sent Prince William to represent her.
What is this historic request made to Prince William?
On May 16, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 39, met His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This is to express his sincere condolences following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Duke of Cambridge also took the opportunity to congratulate His Royal Highness on his appointment as President of the United Arab Emirates, reports UKinUAE.
It is the first time that the Duke of Cambridge has been asked by #TheQueen to pay respects on her behalf following the death of a foreign ruler. A significant step up for #PrinceWilliam in terms of his royal role #royal https://t.co/iqmSwYGhBy
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 16, 2022
The former president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday May 13. The government then decreed “an official mourning and the flags at half mast for 40 days”, indicates the official news agency WAM. It should be noted that the Head of State had taken a certain distance from his public commitments since a stroke in January 2014. It should also be noted that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had greatly accompanied his country in its rise on the international scene over the past 20 years.
Prince William: a historic and significant fact for the Duke of Cambridge
This meeting between the two royals is an initiative coming from Queen Elizabeth II of England, 96 years old. Indeed, it was she who invited Prince William, 39, to pay tribute on her behalf, according to the Daily Mail. Note that this is the first time that the husband of Kate Middleton, 40, represents Queen Elizabeth II of England. This is therefore a major step forward for the father of George, Charlotte and Louis in the face of his royal role.
For her part, the monarch sent a message of condolence following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on May 14. “I am saddened to learn of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.” she wrote, signing by ELIZABETH R. “Your distinguished brother has dedicated his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and its relationship with its allies and friends. All who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and among religions, and for the cause of preservation will long be remembered.” continued Queen Elizabeth II. “I present to Your Highness my sincere condolences and express my sympathy to the people of the United Arab Emirates,” she added.
Queen Elizabeth II of England in mourning © Agency