Yemen’s councillor Sayyid Abubakr bin Shaikh Alkaff kneels before Queen Elizabeth II to be knighted during her visit to Aden in 1954. The war-torn Yemeni city’s troubles now serve as a reminder of Britain’s complicated legacy in the Middle East. Photo: AFP
Yemen’s councillor Sayyid Abubakr bin Shaikh Alkaff kneels before Queen Elizabeth II to be knighted during her visit to Aden in 1954. The war-torn Yemeni city’s troubles now serve as a reminder of Britain’s complicated legacy in the Middle East. Photo: AFP
Middle East

Queen’s Middle East legacy: dented plaque, creaking hospital show complex situation

  • Queen visited then-colony Aden in 1954, laying hospital foundation stone; under-equipped, it now grapples with massive workload during conflict
  • British colonialism is linked with Middle East partly because of 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, when Britain and France carved up much of the region

Yemen’s councillor Sayyid Abubakr bin Shaikh Alkaff kneels before Queen Elizabeth II to be knighted during her visit to Aden in 1954. The war-torn Yemeni city’s troubles now serve as a reminder of Britain’s complicated legacy in the Middle East. Photo: AFP
Yemen’s councillor Sayyid Abubakr bin Shaikh Alkaff kneels before Queen Elizabeth II to be knighted during her visit to Aden in 1954. The war-torn Yemeni city’s troubles now serve as a reminder of Britain’s complicated legacy in the Middle East. Photo: AFP
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