Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Prince William's tour photo shows what really goes on behind the scenes

Prince William's tour photo shows what really goes on behind the scenes

William's itinerary includes visits to Tel Aviv and adjacent Jaffa, where he will meet young Jews and Arabs and view high-tech products made by Israeli start-ups.

The Duke of Cambridge posed for a photo on June 25 at the exact same spot amid the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash where his wife, Duchess Kate, was photographed playing at age 4 with sister Pippa Middleton and dad Michael Middleton more than three decades ago.

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

Tomorrow, he will lay a wreath at Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, before meeting separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

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On Thursday, Prince William is to complete his stay by visiting historical and religious sites in Jerusalem.

"We know this is not a time when we can celebrate progress in the Middle East peace progress, but we believe that engagement is just as important in challenging times as it is in good times", Philip Hall, Britain's consul general in Jerusalem, told journalists on Monday.

According to Israeli website Ynet, Mr Elki described it as "regrettable" Britain had chosen to politicise the royal visit.

At Yad Vashem, William signed a guest book in which he noted with pride that his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, had been honoured by the institution as one of "the righteous among the nations" for sheltering Jews in her home in Greece during the Holocaust. More than 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during recent protests at the border with Gaza.

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In a statement to launch the trip Kensington Palace had said a day "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".

"There is no change in the position".

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.

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

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Speaking before William's visit, Alexander, freshly back from a bicycle ride that retraced his life-saving voyage as a toddler, said he was chosen to meet the prince as the youngest member of the Kindertransport.

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