Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Prince William visits scene where wife Kate lived with family

Prince William visits scene where wife Kate lived with family

"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 princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

Hall said they were following "decades" of rulings in the United Nations that declare east Jerusalem, including the Old City, part of the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a private 1994 visit to Yad Vashem, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, planted a tree there in his mother's honour. It's a high-profile foreign trip for William, second in line to the throne, and comes at a time of widening rifts between Israelis and Palestinians.

British royals have historically declined invitations for official state visits to Israel.

Kensington Palace has stressed that it is non political, as with all royal visits.

Later, the prince will meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before heading to coastal Tel Aviv to attend a football game of young Jewish and Arab players.

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Yad Vashem chair Avner Shalev is guiding Prince William through the memorial's exhibitions detailing the death of six million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. "And he really wants to get under the skin of the country", Quarrey added.

William, who flew into Israel from Jordan, will also visit the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who sheltered a Jewish family in Greece during World War Two.

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

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

The description was defended on Thursday by UK Ambassador David Quarrey who said "All the terminology that was used in the program was consistent with years of practice by British governments". Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein recorded it for him, and the two watched it later Sunday on a huge TV screen at Hussein's residence.

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.

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