(May 25, 2018 / JNS) For the first time, a member of Great Britain’s royal family will arrive for an official visit in Israel, according to a statement issued by Kensington Palace on Friday.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will arrive in Tel Aviv on Monday, June 25. His trip, undergone “at the request of Her Majesty’s Government,” will also include visits to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
Second in line to the throne, the prince will first arrive in Amman on Sunday, June 24, staying overnight and traveling to the city of Jerash in Jordan’s north before heading to Tel Aviv.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, he will conduct meetings in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, making a quick stop in Ramallah on Wednesday. His royal visit will conclude on Thursday with more appointments in Jerusalem.
“Full details of His Royal Highness’s programme will be announced in due course,” the statement read.
Prince William is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during his stay, as well as tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum; journey to the grave of his great-grandmother, Prince Philip’s mother, on the Mount of Olives; and see the British War Memorial on Mount Scopus.
He will also likely meet with P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas and stop at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Jordan in 1984, but did not come to Israel.
Prince Charles arrived in 2016 to attend the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, and to spend time at his grandmother’s grave on the Mount of Olives, but the trip was not deemed an official visit.
Netanyahu issued a statement hailing the announcement as a “historic visit, the first of its kind,” and said the prince would be “welcomed here with great affection.”