“This is a historic visit, the first of its kind,” Netanyahu said of Prince William’s upcoming visit to Israel. He “will be received here with great affection.”
By: AP and United with Israel Staff
Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel, officials announced Thursday.
Kensington Palace said the prince will also visit the Palestinian Authority (PA)-administered territories and Jordan during the trip this summer. No dates have been announced.
William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to her third child in April, is not scheduled to join him on the trip.
Overseas royal visits are made at the request of the British government. No British royal has ever made an official visit to Israel. William’s father Prince Charles attended the 2016 funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in a private capacity.
The palace said it would also be the first official royal visit to the PA territories, although the Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, visited an eye clinic in the region in 2007.
Kensington Palace said the trip “has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “this is a historic visit, the first of its kind.” He said William, who is second in line to the British throne, “will be received here with great affection.”
President Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s ceremonial head of state, said he looked forward to welcoming the prince. “A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence,” he tweeted.
The British Mandate of Palestine ended May 14, 1948.
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