The Duchess of Cornwall Had an All-Female Security Team During Her UAE Visit
The Duchess of Cornwall (a.k.a. Camilla Parker-Bowles) visited the UAE last week with The Prince of Wales (a.k.a. Charles) to promote religious tolerance and women in leadership in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain. And it looks like the women's-empowerment theme extended all the way to the security detail she was assigned, which was made up of five #girlbosses: Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Nisreen al Hamawi, Salama al Remeithi, and Hannan al Hatawi.
The women make up five of the 50 female members of the UAE's presidential guard and were handpicked just for the occasion. And their outfits did double duty: According to the "Daily Mail," concealed within the folds of the forces' hijabs and abayas were weapons in case of an attack. But besides being trained in martial arts and combat, they have some pretty amazing other additions to their CV: al Hatawi, al Hamawi, and al Remeithi all conquered Mt. Everest earlier this year.
Clarence House, which is the official residence of The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales, Instagrammed a picture of the women looking badass AF as they strolled out of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi (al Hatawi is behind the duchess in the picture, according to "Emirates Woman").
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
"It is quite extraordinary to have them," said the duchess about her protectors. "I have never had four women looking after me [and] they are the most incredible women. The first one had climbed Everest. I said, 'How long did it take?' and she said 16 days! It's quite remarkable."
Hopefully someday a girl gang of badass bodyguards will be pretty standard, but in until that day, we're loving all the girl-power vibes we're getting from this pic.
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