Prince Charles plans to honour the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in a big way.
The royal, 71, will visit and speak at the Holocaust memorial in Israel to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation. Aides at Charles’ office say he is “highest level British visit there has ever been to Israel or the Occupied Territories.”
He will be in Jerusalem for World Holocaust Forum on Jan. 23.
According to Duke of Cornwall’s private secretary Scott Furssedonn-Wood, Charles is looking “forward to meeting a number of British Holocaust survivors… a remarkable group of people with whom his royal highness has long valued his relationship.”
He later revealed that Charles is honoured to “have the opportunity on behalf of the United Kingdom honour the memory of all those who were lost in the Holocaust and to reaffirm his determination that hatred, extremism and intolerance must never prevail.”
After speaking at the memorial, Charles will head to Bethlehem, where he will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas at his official residence.
Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will also attend the official anniversary ceremony held at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on Jan. 27, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Prince William previously visited the country in 2018.