The Duchess of Cornwall, formerly known as Camilla Parker Bowles, flaunted an all-female security team during a royal visit to the United Arab Emirates last week.
In an Instagram photo posted by Clarence house, one of the royal residences in London, the Duchess can be seen leaving Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel, flanked by four women dressed in black hijabs and abayas. The post identifies the women in the protection squad as Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi, Nisreen al Hamawi, and Salama al Remeithi. According to The Daily Mail, they concealed weapons in the folds of their traditional outfits.
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Her Royal Highness with her all-female protection team during #RoyalVisitUAE From left to right: Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi, Nisreen al Hamawi and Salama al Remeithi. Earlier this year Shaima, Nisreen and Hannan also achieved the remarkable feat of conquering Mount Everest. ©Clarence House
Emirates Woman reports that all members of the team were “handpicked” from the UAE’s presidential guard, which employs more than 50 women and trains them in martial arts and combat techniques. According to the post by Clarence House, the Duchess’ security team also “achieved the remarkable feat of conquering Mount Everest.”
The decision to assign the Duchess an all-female protection squad was fitting; she and her husband Prince Charles had traveled to the UAE to promote religious tolerance and women’s advancement. While in Dubai, the Duchess paid a visit to the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, the country’s first licensed shelter for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.
Read more at Emirates Woman.