On Monday, May 16, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to convey their condolences to the new Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the State of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s half-brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan, passed away on May 13, 2022 at the age of 73.
Other monarchs and heads of state have also presented their condolences to the new Emir including His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan, and Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimur Al Said of Oman to name a few.
Upon hearing the news of Sheikh Khalifa’s passing, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent her condolences stating, “I am saddened to hear of the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan… He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause…”
Immediately after the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates government announced 40 days of mourning for the late ruler, who had been in power for 18 years, after succeeding his father in 2004.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge attended the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London, England.
Yesterday afternoon, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would not participate in the State Opening of Parliament, “…The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend…”
As a result, at Her Majesty’s request and “… with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge in attendance.”
The State Opening of Parliament formally marks the beginning of the new session of Parliament. It includes The Queen’s Speech, prepared for her to read from the throne, by her government outlining its plans for new laws being brought forward in the coming parliamentary year.
“The Duke of Cambridge tours the new London location of male suicide prevention therapy group James’ Place and speaks at length with one individual who credits the help they gave him with keeping him alive.
During his visit, the duke participated in a demonstration of the sort of intervention measures they use, breaking down where male mental health issues can stem from, before officially opening the facility.”
On the afternoon of Thursday, March 24, 2022, Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, to begin their three-day royal tour as part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year.
Upon their arrival, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were warmly greeted by the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Chester Cooper, Cabinet ministers, and other senior government officials. After the “…joint Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Royal Bahamas Police Force bands played The Bahamas’ national anthem…” The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by the Governor-General Sir Cornelius Alvin Smith, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner, Mr. Paul Rolle, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore, Dr. Raymond King, inspected the Bahamian royal guards.
Thereafter, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, His Excellency Mr. Philip Brave Davis.