Special King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (R) talks with Queen Elizabeth II (C) and The Duke of Edinburgh (L) before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London after the first day of the Saudi King's visit. (AFP/File Photo) photos

Prince Philip and the Gulf: The story of an enduring friendship

  • The royal couple attached special importance to maintaining Britain’s historic relationship with Gulf monarchies
  • In February 1965 Prince Philip flew to Riyadh as guest of King Faisal, and returned with the queen in 1979 on a state visit
By Jonathan Gornall ·