Prince William starts Israel visit by honouring Holocaust victims

Prince William starts Israel visit by honouring Holocaust victims

Prince William starts Israel visit by honouring Holocaust victims

A spokesman for the prince, acknowledging the "well-known" and "complex challenges" in the Middle East, said William's tour, like other visits overseas by members of the British royal family, will be non-political.

"It's terrifying. I'm trying to comprehend the scale", said William, who wore a black Jewish skullcap that was a gift from the British chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who accompanied him.

He later met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara and then called on President Reuven Rivlin, where he spoke of the deep impression his visit to the Holocaust memorial had made upon him.

His day will round off with a visit to the city of Jaffa, where he will meet young Arab and Jewish Israelis playing football together, and will join them in a penalty shoot-out.

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

"Need to come back with the family for this shot", he said.

The Duke of Cambridge is set to meet two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain.

Yad Vashem, whose Hebrew name literally means a monument and a name, is dedicated to preserving the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and of the many Gentiles who aided them.

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While the Duchess of Cambridge is at home with their three kids - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - the Duke paid tribute to his wife of seven years by recreating one of her childhood photos - over thirty years after it was taken!

The heir to the British throne also tried his hand at bread-making and met with once-orphaned women who were abandoned or taken away from their parents and "have now learned new skills and found work", the palace tweeted.

Three decades of British rule between the two world wars helped establish some of the fault lines of today's Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Britain's withdrawal in 1948 led to the eventual establishment of Israel and Jordan. She was honoured by Israel for sheltering Jews during World War II.

On Wednesday Wills will become the first ever royal to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where he will meet leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The trip is at the behest of the British government.

Later in the day, William, sporting sunglasses, strolled along the Tel Aviv shore, chatting with beach-goers and quipping, "I should have brought my swimming trunks".

William spent an hour and a half at Israel's official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, where he viewed the Hall of Names and the eternal flame.

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