Prince William's "historic" visit to the Middle East

Prince William's

Prince William's "historic" visit to the Middle East

Prince William began the first official visit by a British royal to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday, facing the challenge of navigating deep political and religious divides in a Holy Land once ruled by Britain.

"Today we will receive the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, for the first historic visit to Israel by a representative of the British royal family".

The prince's trip was announced in March and welcomed by Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Until now it had been British policy not to make an official royal visit until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

Official visits by British royals are organised at the request of the United Kingdom government.

"It is important to emphasis that the Duke is not a political figure, this is not a political visit", he said.

Wearing a black Jewish skullcap, William, second in line to the throne, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem memorial, where an eternal flame flickers and the names of extermination and concentration camps are engraved in the floor.

The memorial has recognized Prince William's great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.

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He was joined by UK's Orthodox Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during his visit to Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, who guided the Duke of Cambridge through the museum's exhibitions detailing Nazi Germany's genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II, said the prince was very curious and emotional as he stopped to inquire about various elements of the Holocaust.

Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not internationally recognized.

Prince William is now visiting the country alone as the Duchess is still on maternity leave, but we're sure she was only delighted with this little tribute to her childhood.

The following day he is scheduled to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, before meeting Palestinian refugees and young people.

However, Crown Prince Hussein, 23, recorded the game for him, and they watched it together at the Beit Al Urdun Palace in the evening.

Their Royal Highnesses were also briefed on Makani services with the Royal Hashemite Court explaining that they provide "vulnerable children and youth with learning opportunities, life skills training and psychosocial support services".

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