A never-before-seen academy throwback photo of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the current King of Malaysia, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, just emerged on the internet.

The Malaysian News Agency discovered the gem of a photo showing the rulers, in the year 1979, when they were teenagers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where they were both received their military training.

Sandhurst is known to be a starting point for many of the world’s rulers, with some of its most notable alumni including Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, King Hussein of Jordan, and more.

The young royals in 1979

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40 years later

The two recently reunited at Sultan Abdullah’s coronation as Malaysia’s 16th King on July 30, 2019, where HH Sheikh Mohammed was among the invited dignitaries.