Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Hired An All-Female Protection Team And They're Pretty Hardcore

From climbing Mount Everest to training in martial arts, the Duchess of Cornwall's security detail are a force to be reckoned with

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What do you think of when you see the word 'bodyguard'?

A hench man standing at a lofty 7ft tall?

An former pro-wrestler dressed in a black suit with intimidatingly large biceps?

A hard-nosed Kevin Costner-type hero?

Well, think again, because the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, is focussed on championing female body guards, after she recently hired a team of female security personnel to take care of her during her three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates.

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During her visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with her husband the Prince of Wales last week, Camilla was spotted walking around with a security detail made up of five women – Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Nisreen al Hamawi, Salama al Remeithi, and Hannan al Hatawi – who form part of the 50 members of the UAE's presidential guard.

Trained in martial arts, these women are reportedly armed with weapons, hidden underneath their black hijabs and abayas in the case of an attack on their VIP Camilla, who was incidentally on a royal visit to the UAE to promote religious tolerance and women in leadership.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, the Duchess expressed her sincere thanks to her team of guards to say: 'It is quite extraordinary to have them.'

'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,' she added.

Er, you can say that again, Camilla.

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