Palace Reveals Details Of Prince William’s First Official Royal Visit To Israel And Palestine

Kensington Palace has revealed further details surrounding Prince William’s historic first official trip to Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

It was announced back in March that William, 35, would be heading to the countries this month, and his itinerary has now been confirmed.

The Duke of Cambridge is set to travel on the RAF Voyager from London to Amman, Jordan, on June 24; his trip will end in Jerusalem before he heads back to the U.K. on June 28.

William, who has said he is “looking forward to building a real relationship with the people of the region,” will be greeted by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II in Jordan. He will then go on to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during the trip.

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A press release announced, “As you know, there has been unrest in the Middle East for decades, most recently in Syria, and consequently the country of Jordan is hosting over 655,000 refugees – a staggering act of generosity and humanitarianism for a country with a population of 9.5 million. Jordan has a range of programmes to help refugees to integrate and to find work and shelter, and Makani is one of the leading organizations in this field.

“Through interacting with young people brought together by Makani from across communities in Jordan, The Duke will hear about the lives, challenges and hopes of these young people.”

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William is also set to meet an array of Syrian refugees, “who are developing skills to compete in the modern economy.”

His Israel trip will then see him visit Yad Vashem — Israel’s official tribute to the Jews who died in the Holocaust — before meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust and the Kindertransport, who will share their personal experiences with him.

See more details about William’s tour here.

The press release added, “In particular [William] is pleased that his programme will allow him to meet a number of people from his own generation and young Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians.

“His Royal Highness is looking forward to learning about their unique perspectives, but also their shared ambitions and hopes for the future.”

While no British royal has made an official visit to Israel, Prince Charles did attend the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres in 2016 as a private citizen.

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