1999 News Story

Britain's Prince Andrew on official visit to Saudi Arabia

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, left today from the naval airport at Jubail in the Eastern Province after a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia. Yesterday in Riyadh, he was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. He also visited the aviation museum, met with General President of Youth Welfare and Chairman of the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee Prince Sultan Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, and attended a reception in his honor given by Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

The Duke of York then flew to Dhahran, where he was received by Governor of the Eastern Province Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. He then inaugurated in Al-Khobar the exhibition 'King Abdul Aziz Through British Eyes', organized by the King Abdul Aziz Center in collaboration with the British Embassy in Riyadh and the British Council. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary-General of the King Abdul Aziz Center Dr. Fahd Bin Abdullah Al-Sammari said the exhibition comes within the framework of the Kingdom's centennial celebrations, adding that it also reflects the cultural cooperation that exists between Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
For his part, the Duke of York recalled the observations of Captain Shakespear, who in 1910 met Abdul Aziz Bin Abdelrahman Bin Saud, the first Briton to do so. Captain Shakespear described Bin Saud as a tall, frank and generous leader who had accorded him a warm welcome and answered his questions in a quiet, clever and reasonable manner.  Prince Andrew also recalled the long-standing relations between the two royal families, referring to the visit of his great-aunt the Princess Alice in 1938, and quoting his mother as saying in a message of condolence on the occasion of the death of King Abdul Aziz in 1953 that with his wisdom and bravery, King Abdul Aziz entered the history of the world as well as the history of his country.