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Prince William joins British and Kuwait forces as they practise close-quarter urban fighting

The Duke of Cambridge joined British and Kuwaiti forces taking part in a military exercise as his visit to the Gulf state drew to a close.

William, 37, watched a demonstration of urban tactics and close-quarter battle techniques, before speaking to the service personnel during a visit to the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Alsabah camp in Subia outside Kuwait City, Kuwait. 

The troops were taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior, a biannual training event which sees a company of UK troops train alongside Kuwaiti forces and share expertise.

Defence and security have formed the cornerstone of the UK-Kuwait relationship, particularly following Britain’s role in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 after the Iraqi invasion.

The Duke appeared to be in high spirits as he chatted with soldiers, before watching the training exercise take place.  

Later, William, who served in the British armed forces, ending his active military career as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, will travel to Oman for the second leg of his Middle East tour.

Prince William visits Exercise Desert Warrior, a joint British-Kuwaiti military exercise, at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp in Kuwait

William watching the military exercise

The Duke appeared to be in high spirits as he watched

William, 37, looked to be enjoying himself as he watched a demonstration of urban tactics and close-quarter battle techniques

The troops were taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior, a biannual training event which sees a company of UK troops train alongside Kuwaiti forces

The troops were taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior, a biannual training event which sees a company of UK troops train alongside Kuwaiti forces

As well as watching the joint military exercise, William was given a tour of the base by soldiers, who he spent time talking to

As well as watching the joint military exercise, William was given a tour of the base by soldiers, who he spent time talking to

Prince William enters an observation building as Kuwaiti and British soldiers outside take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior

Prince William enters an observation building as Kuwaiti and British soldiers outside take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior

The Duke of Cambridge wears ear defenders at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp in Kuwait where he saw UK and Kuwaiti troops taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior

The Duke of Cambridge wears ear defenders at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp in Kuwait where he saw UK and Kuwaiti troops taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior

He had arrived in Kuwait on Sunday, discussing recycling with a group of pupils from the Qurtoba Secondary School for Girls, before sharing his love of Aston Villa with schoolboys. 

William told the group of Kuwaiti schoolboys how he rushed to a screen on Sunday to see his football club take on Manchester United, holding them to a draw.

His sporting confession came during a visit to an educational cultural centre where he showed off his reactions – hitting lights to test his reflexes, and shooting hoops during a basketball event.

Before having a kickabout with the schoolboys, he asked: ‘Have you heard of a team called Aston Villa?’, and when they replied ‘no’ he joked ‘of course you’ve heard of a team called Aston Villa’.

‘They played yesterday against Manchester United – a two-all draw. I tried to watch it as soon as we landed I was as quick as we could,’ he added.

After the arrival ceremony at Kuwait International Airport on Sunday evening, the duke would have been able to watch the second half of the match which kicked off at 4.30pm in Manchester.

During his visit to the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, the duke, who stands 6ft 2ins tall, was left almost bent double when he took on the reaction challenge.

Defence and security have formed the cornerstone of the UK-Kuwait relationship and the Kuwait soldiers appeared delighted to chat with the Duke

Defence and security have formed the cornerstone of the UK-Kuwait relationship and the Kuwait soldiers appeared delighted to chat with the Duke

The Prince took time to speak to both British and Kuwaiti soldiers, before retreating to watch them carry out the military exercise

The Prince took time to speak to both British and Kuwaiti soldiers, before retreating to watch them carry out the military exercise

Prince William looks on from the window of a building as Kuwaiti and British soldiers outside take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior

Prince William looks on from the window of a building as Kuwaiti and British soldiers outside take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior

The soldiers seemed eager to show the base off to William and explain how the biannual joint military exercise would work

The soldiers seemed eager to show the base off to William and explain how the biannual joint military exercise would work

A team of photographers and minders followed the Duke as he was shown around the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Alsabah camp in Subia outside Kuwait City

A team of photographers and minders followed the Duke as he was shown around the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Alsabah camp in Subia outside Kuwait City

‘The lights are too low for a tall guy,’ he said as Bashar Huneidi, one of the Gulf’s few alpine skiers, told the royal how the reaction game worked.

Later he played an interactive game of basketball with the boys, where they had to throw the ball at a hoop whenever one, out of a group, lit up.

Earlier, the royal had met a group of pupils from the Qurtoba Secondary School for Girls who told the duke about their Trash to Treasure composting project.

William joked: ‘I go outside and throw it in’, adding with a laugh ‘am I doing it right?’ as one of the schoolgirls told him he had to layer his bin scraps to get the best results.

During his visit, he also revealed that his family recycles ‘as much as we can’ but he has concerns about what happens to their waste.

UK and Kuwaiti soldiers taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior await the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp

UK and Kuwaiti soldiers taking part in Exercise Desert Warrior await the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp

A British soldier looks through the scope of a FN MAG machinegun, while taking part with Kuwaiti soldiers in the Exercise Desert Warrior

A British soldier looks through the scope of a FN MAG machinegun, while taking part with Kuwaiti soldiers in the Exercise Desert Warrior

Kuwaiti and British soldiers take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior, attended by Prince William, who watched the action from a building

Kuwaiti and British soldiers take part in the Exercise Desert Warrior, attended by Prince William, who watched the action from a building

William’s comments came as he joined litter pickers on a beach in Kuwait, tackling the scourge of plastic pollution, and indulged in a spot of birdwatching.

Speaking during a visit to the windswept Jahra nature reserve near Kuwait City, where the volunteers were working, the duke told the young environmentalists: ‘Where does your recycling go? Out of town?’

William, who had just begun his four-day tour of the Middle East at the time, added: ‘We recycle as much as we can at home but I worry about the chain, what happens to it? We need joined-up thinking – it’s a joined-up effort.’

The royal spoke about his disgust at the use of plastics and described the material as the ‘enemy’.

He said: ‘We’ve made sure we are travelling here we only take our metal bottles with us. Lots of metal bottles.

‘I hate plastic bottles now and I look at them and I literally think it’s the enemy – you see a plastic bottle and I’m like ‘eugh!’ Horrible isn’t it?’

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