Yad Vashem, meeting with Netanyahu on Prince William’s schedule for historic Middle East visit

Kensington Palace also revealed that the Duke of Cambridge will visit the Church of St Mary Magdalene so that he can pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Photo Credit: Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons

Prince William’s visit to the Middle East later this month will focus on the local cultures and youth, Kensington Palace announced Monday. The Duke of Cambridge is set to visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority on his first trip to the region.

“In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the visit will be the first official tour on behalf of the Government by a Member of The Royal Family,” the palace added. “The complex challenges in the region are of course well known. The non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role – in common with all Royal visits overseas –allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences.”

While in Israel, Prince William will be staying at the famous King David Hotel in Jerusalem. His first engagement in Israel will be on June 26, after spending two days in Jordan, when he visits Yad Vashem. “His Royal Highness will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust and the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him,” the palace explained.

The Duke will then meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his residence in Jerusalem. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will meet with Prince William after his meeting with Netanyahu.

From Jerusalem, he will travel to Jaffa to meet the employees at the Equaliser and the Peres Center for Peace, two organizations that focus on promoting co-existence between “young people of different religious and ethnic communities.”

After his Jaffa visit, he will travel to Tel Aviv for “an event that will be announced during the visit.” While he will return to Jerusalem in the evening for another engagement, he will be back in the coastal city on the next day for “a visit that we are really looking forward to, but will not be announcing in advance,” the palace stated. “The second engagement will be at the Beit Ha’ir Museum in the newly renovated Old City Hall of Tel Aviv. The museum is designed to be an open house for artists, writers and scholars. On arrival, The Duke will attend a tech innovation demo where he will meet four start-up companies and hear the story behind their products.”

While in Ramallah, the Duke will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “The rest of the afternoon’s programme in the West Bank will include events that focus on the issues facing refugee communities; opportunities to celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food; and a chance to meet a number of young Palestinians. Full details will be announced during the visit,” the palace stated. “The next day’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem's Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives. From here His Royal Highness will travel a short distance to the Church of St Mary Magdalene where he will pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.”

“The historic nature of this tour is of course important and The Duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official Royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom. More importantly, however, The Duke is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region,” the palace’s statement concluded.

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