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LIVE ROYAL BLOG – Prince William in Jerusalem’s Old City

Follow the Duke of Cambridge as he concludes on his historic visit to the Jewish state....

  • The Duke of Cambridge with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (left) at the Western Wall during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City.

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (left) at the Western Wall during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall, with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City.

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall, with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City.

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • Prince William at the Al Aqsa mosque
    Prince William at the Al Aqsa mosque
  • Prince William at the Dome of the Rock
    Prince William at the Dome of the Rock
  • Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall
    Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge at the Western Wall
  • The Duke of Cambridge at Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem's Old City
    The Duke of Cambridge at Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem's Old City
  • Pirnce William laying flowers at Pricess Alice's tomb 

Credit: KensingtonRoyal on Twitter
    Pirnce William laying flowers at Pricess Alice's tomb Credit: KensingtonRoyal on Twitter
  • Moment of reflection: The prince places a private note in the Western Wall.
    Moment of reflection: The prince places a private note in the Western Wall.
  • Barmitzvah boy from Hendon, Shimi Abramson celebrating his big day when William arrived at Kotel
    Barmitzvah boy from Hendon, Shimi Abramson celebrating his big day when William arrived at Kotel
  • Prince WIlliam alongside the Chief Rabbi (left) praying at the Western Wall
    Prince WIlliam alongside the Chief Rabbi (left) praying at the Western Wall
  • The Duke of Cambridge visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Source:  @KensingtonRoyal
    The Duke of Cambridge visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem. Source: @KensingtonRoyal

Prince William visits Mount of Olives

At the Mount of Olives, The Duke of Cambridge views the Old City of Jerusalem.

Prince William’s moment of reflection at the Kotel

Prince William has visited the Western Wall on the final morning of his historic Middle East tour, as several barmitzvah celebrations continued all around him.

The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at Judaism’s holiest site, where he placed a note in the Wall.

As is traditional, he placed his hand in the wall in silent reflection, before walking a few steps backwards.

He arrived at the Kotel after touring the Temple Mount, and he will also see the Church of the Holy Sepulcre – the final stop of the first ever official Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The Duke’s day also saw him lay flowers at the grave of his great grandmother Princess Alice, who saved a family of Jews during the Shoah. She was later recognised as Righteous Among the Nations.

Duke pays respects at tomb of great-grandmother

The Duke of Cambridge has made a poignant pilgrimage to the final resting place in Jerusalem of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice – famed for saving a Jewish family from the Holocaust.

William visited the tomb of the deeply religious woman, who was formally recognised by the State of Israel for her bravery in harbouring a Jewish mother and some of her children from the Nazis.

The visit came on the last day of the duke’s historic five-day tour of the Middle East, and he also toured religious sites revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem’s Old City.

At the Western Wall – the holiest site in Judaism as it is the last remnant of Herod’s temple – William, wearing a kippah, or skull cap, as a mark of respect, approached the landmark and followed the centuries-old tradition of placing a written prayer in a crack in the wall.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who joined the duke at the holy site, said: “Today we experienced a moment of history which will live long in the memory of Jews around the world.

“The Western Wall stands at the epicentre of our faith. To see the future monarch come to pay his respects was a remarkable gesture of friendship and a sign of the duke’s regard for the sanctity of Jerusalem.”

Duke of Cambridge visits the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa

The Duke of Cambridge visits the Dome of the Rock, on Temple Mount.

Chief Rabbi reflects on Prince William’s historic Kotel moment

Hendon Barmitzvah boy has a Royal surprise at Kotel!

Barmitzvah boy from Hendon, Shimi Abramson, was celebrating his barmitzvah day when William arrived at Kotel

Prince William visits Church of the Holy Sepulchre

 

Duke of Cambridge visits holy Christian pilgrimage site in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The church reportedly contains the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus was crucified and Jesus’s empty tomb.

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Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Chief Rabbi’s reflections at the Kotel

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