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Prince William To Make First Royal Tour To Middle East

The Duke of Cambridge will arrive in the Middle East for the start of a major tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian...

Prince William (PA Images)

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The Duke of Cambridge will arrive in the Middle East for the start of a major tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Prince William's five-day tour of the region will be his most high-profile foreign trip and the first official visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories by a member of the Royal Family.

During his visit, the Duke of Cambridge will meet Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. 

The duke is said to be looking forward to the trip but it comes during a period of tension in the area.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during recent protests at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip in the run-up to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

Jerusalem's Old City
Prince William is expected to visit Jerusalem's Old City (Pictures: PA Images)

During his visit to Ramallah in the West Bank, William will not only meet Mr Abbas but later attend events focusing on the "issues facing refugee communities" and provide "opportunities to celebrate Palestinian culture music and food", said Kensington Palace.

In Israel, William will visit the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, and will lay a wreath to commemorate the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War.

He will also view Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives and visit the nearby Church of St Mary Magdalene to pay his respects at the tomb of Princess Alice of Greece, his great-grandmother and the Duke of Edinburgh's mother.

William will be following in the footsteps of Prince Philip, who visited his mother's grave in 1994 when he travelled to Israel for a ceremony honouring her for saving Greek Jews during the Second World War.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The historic nature of this tour is, of course, important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom."

William will begin his trip in Jordan where he will learn about the Crown Prince Foundation, an initiative of Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, heir to the Jordanian throne.