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

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.”