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Queen's message of condolence after death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

9Honey logo 9Honey 14/05/2022 Lucia Hawley

Queen Elizabeth has issued a message of condolence after the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In a post made to Twitter, Her Majesty expressed her sadness over the passing of the president of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

"I am saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi," she wrote.

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"Your distinguished brother devoted his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and his relationship with its allies and friends.

"He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause.

"I offer Your Highness my sincere condolences and I extend my sympathy to the people of the United Arab Emirates."

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Over the years, the royal family and Sheikh Khalifa enjoyed a close relationship which was formed over numerous state visits.

The Prince of Wales with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. © AP Photo/ John Stillwell, pool The Prince of Wales with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Throughout her majesty's 70-year-reign, the monarch visited the UAE several times in 1979 and 2010.

Sheikh Khalifa also travelled to the UK two times for formal state visits.

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The first visit was in 1989 as part of a four-day visit by the UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The second visit came a long 24 years later in 2014, when His Highness visited as President.

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