Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Dubai ruling family holding up well on family trip to Tuscany - in pictures

Sheikh Hamdan and Princess Haya have been sharing plenty of candid snaps with the world on their Italian sojourn

Courtesy Sheikh Hamdan's Instagram account.
Courtesy Sheikh Hamdan's Instagram account.

There’s long been an unwritten rule for tourists visiting Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Get a photograph of yourself pretending to have your hands against it.

It's actually much harder than it looks, and requires a good deal of 'trial and error' shuttling back and forth between camera wielder and pose position to get that shot exactly right.

There's no telling how many failed attempts it took Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, to get his picture at the 700-year-old bell tower perfectly in line, but the finished product has garnered hundreds of thousands of social media likes, as Dubai's ruling family documents their family trip to Europe this month.

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Sheikh Hamdan has been frequently sharing holiday photographs with the world, posting on Instagram everything from posed family photographs, to tourist snaps.

As other new photographs on his “Faz3” account show, the Crown Prince was joined in Italy by Sheikha Al Jalila, seen stroking the muzzle of a horse as Sheikh Hamdan watches on.

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By far his most popular holiday snap, though, was his turn at the time-honoured pose at one of the country's most popular landmarks, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which amassed over 240,000 likes on the social media site.

The royal siblings have been travelling with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

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The family was initially attending the Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival in Italy’s Tuscany region, held at an estate on the outskirts of Pisa, before taking in some of the surrounding scenery.

Other photos on the Crown Prince’s Instagram account, which has 5.6 million followers, show seven-year-old Sheikha Sheema shown in a playful mood and posing in front of a wall of hay bales.

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Another is a family photo with a well-positioned equine fourth family member, as Sheikha Al Jalila stands flanked by Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan.

Meanwhile, Princess Haya, wife of Sheikh Mohammed, shared just a single snap of the Italian vacation, showing a candid moment between Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Mohammed.