Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Prince William starts Israel visit touring Holocaust memorial and meeting two survivors

Prince William starts Israel visit touring Holocaust memorial and meeting two survivors

"Having a relaxing evening with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after his first day in #OurJordan", Hussein wrote in a caption that accompanied one of two pictures of the pair.

On Tuesday he will visit Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where he will meet two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain.

Prince William is making the first official royal visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The hour-and-a-half visit included a ceremony in which Prince William placed a wreath on a concrete slab containing the ashes of Holocaust victims.

"The Duke of Cambridge visits Jerash, the same site that The Duchess of Cambridge visited, aged 4, with her sister and father when the family lived in Jordan", the palace captioned the pics. She is buried in Jerusalem, and William will visit her grave on Thursday. His great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece - the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh - is recognised by the memorial for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust by hiding three members of a family called Cohen in her palace in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

As England thrashed Panama 6-1 on Sunday, Prince William, the president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan for a historic Middle East tour.

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For the 36-year-old William, second in line to the throne, it marks a high-profile visit that could brandish his worldwide credentials.

Britain captured Palestine from the Ottoman empire in 1917 during World War One and administered the territory under global mandate until 1948, pulling out a day before Israel declared independence.

He will then meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank on June 26.

In Jerusalem, the holy city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the prince will view its walled Old City from the Mount of Olives during his four-day trip.

Israel defines Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The British ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, defended the working of the itinerary, telling reporters that "all the terminology that was used in the program was consistent with years of practice by British governments".

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