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LIVE ROYAL BLOG – Prince William in Israel – Day 2

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

  • Prince William joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
    Prince William joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
  • The Duke of Cambridge (second left) and Ephraim Mirvis (second right), chief rabbi in the UK, arriving at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East. 

Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge (second left) and Ephraim Mirvis (second right), chief rabbi in the UK, arriving at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East. Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel, 

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel, Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.  

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem​  as part of his tour of the Middle East.

 Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wi
    The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem​ as part of his tour of the Middle East. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wi
  • The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel

 Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire
  • Duke of Cambridge meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara 

Picture credit: Tim Rooke/Rex Features/PA Wire
    Duke of Cambridge meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Picture credit: Tim Rooke/Rex Features/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge (left) and footballer Tomer Hemed attend a session at the Equaliser football programme

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge (left) and footballer Tomer Hemed attend a session at the Equaliser football programme Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge presents Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with a Liverpool FC shirt, signed by Steven Gerrard, during an audience at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge presents Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with a Liverpool FC shirt, signed by Steven Gerrard, during an audience at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
  • The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel 


Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
    The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Prince William arrives at Yad Vashem

The Duke of Cambridge will commemorate the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War when he lays a wreath at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

William, who is making a five-day visit to the Middle East, will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with two Holocaust survivors of the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him.

The duke will be joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during his visit, when he will leave his floral tribute in Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance.

The duke will then travel to the residence of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he will be welcomed toIsrael by the politician and his wife before meeting the country’s President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.

The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Later William will visit the city of Jaffa where he will meet young people involved in the work of two organisations focused on co-existence through football between the youngsters of different religious and ethnic communities – the Equaliser and the Peres Centre for Peace.

He will attend a football event hosted by the two charities and will have a chance to spend time with children and teenagers involved in several of their projects, including one focused on empowering young girls.

In the evening the duke will give a speech at a reception at the residence of Britain’s Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey before returning to Jerusalem.

Prince William joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis at Yad Vashem

Chief Rabbi Mirvis joins Prince William at Yad Vashem
  Prince William at Yad Vashem

Prince William lays wreath at Yad Vashem

The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem​ as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wi

 

The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Prince William writes message in Yad Vashem book

Here is the text of Prince William’s message in Yad Vashem’s Book of Remembrance:

It has been a profoundly moving experience to visit Yad Vashem today. It is almost impossible to comprehend this appalling event in history. Every name, photograph and memory recorded here is a tragic reminder of the unimaginable human cost of the Holocaust and the immense loss suffered by the Jewish people. 

The story of the Holocaust is one of darkness and despair, questioning humanity itself. But the actions of those few who took great risks to help others are a reminder of the human capacity for love and hope. I am honoured that my own great grandmother is one of these righteous among the nations. 

We must never forget the Holocaust – the murder of 6 millions men, women and children, simply because they were Jewish. We all have a responsibility to remember and to teach future generations about the horrors of the past so that they can never reoccur. 

May the millions of Jewish people remembered by Yad Vashem never be forgotten 

Chief Rabbi Mirvis recites Kaddish alongside Prince William

Chief Rabbi Mirvis recites Kaddish for millions murdered in the Shoah, alongside Prince William:

Duke of Cambridge views shoes from Shoah: ‘Its terrifying to comprehend scale’

Prince William viewing piles of shoes from victims of Majdanek at Yad Vashem, and says: ‘Its terrifying. To comprehend the scale and numbers is terrible’

Duke of Cambridge views Hall of Names at Yad Vashem

The Duke of Cambridge views the Hall of Names, during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust,

The Duke of Cambridge (left) views the Hall of Names, during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Prince William tours Yad Vashem, meets survivors

The Duke of Cambridge learnt about the individual stories of Holocaust victims through their possessions, other artefacts and moving testimonies as he paid his respects to the millions killed by the Nazi regime.

William was taken on a guided tour of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, which recounts the history of the Holocaust, the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Second World War.

The museum attempts to tells the story of the Holocaust through individual stories and ultimately the story of a single person.

The Duke of Cambridge visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

In the Hall of Names, described by the museum as a virtual cemetery for those whose resting place is unknown, the names and personal details of millions of victims have been recorded on Pages of Testimony, symbolic tombstones.

There is also an exhibition about the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp with artefacts collected to describe in detail how people were systematically murdered by the Nazis.

The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined William for his visit and was later due to play part in a simple but moving ceremony in the museum’s Hall of Remembrance where the duke will lay a wreath.

Prince William hails great-grandmother who saved Cohen family during Holocaust

Prince William hails great-grandmother who saved Cohen family during Holocaust

Prince William hails great-grandmother who saved Cohen family during Holocaust

Chief Rabbi Mirvis: It was ‘truly a privilege’ to join Duke at Yad Vashem

Chief Rabbi Mirvis speaks of his honour at accompanying Prince William at Israel’s national Holocaust memorial museum during his historic visit to the Jewish state.

He said: “Today’s visit to Yad Vashem was profoundly moving and deeply inspiring. The Duke of Cambridge is a figurehead for a younger generation and he has previously mentioned to me that he feels a particular responsibility to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are learned. As the generation of survivors sadly dwindles, there can be no more powerful indication of our commitment to protecting their legacy than the presence of the future Monarch at Yad Vashem.”

Chief Rabbi gifts Prince William inscribed kippah

Chief Rabbi Mirvis gifted the duke a a the ‘kippah’ (skull cap) which is inscribed as follows:

“Let us go up to the House of the God of Jacob. For the Torah shall come forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)

Prince William meets with President Reuven Rivlin

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has called on the Duke of Cambridge to take with him “a message of peace” when he meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later this week.

President Rivlin tells Prince William to take a ‘message of peace’ to Mahmoud Abbas

Speaking at his official residence during a meeting with William and his small delegation Mr Rivlin said: “I know you are going to meet President Abbas.

The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

“I would like you to send him a message of peace and tell him it is about time, it is about time that we have to find together the way to build confidence.

“Build confidence as a first step to bring to understanding that we have to bring to an end the tragedy between us that goes along for more than 120 years.”

The Duke of Cambridge during his audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel,
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Before the meeting, Rivlin had joked about sharing a cup of tea with the duke – one cup with mint for him, and another with milk for the Prince.

Prince William meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Watch the video of Prince William arriving at the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem:

 

The Duke of Cambridge has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel, as part of his tour of the Middle East. 
Photo credit : Tim Rooke/Rex Features/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at his official residence in Jerusalem
Photo credit: Tim Rooke/Rex Features/PA Wire

Duke of Cambridge views UJIA equalizer project

Prince William, who is President of the Football Association, watches on at the UJIA, British Embassy in Israel, Equaliser programme, which brings Jewish and Arab kids together.

The Duke of Cambridge was joined by footballer Tomer Hemed, who plays for Premierleague side Brighton and Hove Albion, as they attend a session at the Equaliser football programme run by UJIA and UK in Israel that brings Jewish and Arab kids together. It’s located in, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel  .

The Duke met with young people who are engaged in football-based youth programmes operated by The Equaliser, a social sport educational framework for young people and The Peres Centre for Peace, an Israeli NGO which aims to promote peace and education.

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and footballer Tomer Hemed attend a session at the Equaliser football programme
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge (left) and footballer Tomer Hemed attend a session at the Equaliser football programme
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

UK Holocaust educators welcome Duke’s Yad Vashem visit

Following the Duke of Cambridge’s landmark visit to the Jewish state this week, Shoah education groups have welcomed his historic trip to Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum, Yad Vashem.

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) said last year they “facilitated a visit by His Royal Highness to the former Nazi concentration camp, Stutthof. Bearing witness then – as with this visit to Yad Vashem in Israel today – sends a powerful message to the world: we must never forget.

“Yad Vashem is internationally recognised as a leader in Holocaust remembrance and education and we’re so grateful to His Royal Highness for making this historic visit.

She added: “His Royal Highness is a great ambassador for our cause. Holocaust survivors and the community will welcome the spotlight that he has brought to the issue of remembrance and educating, yet again, so that we never forget.”

Karen Pollock

“Prince William’s visit to Israel, as second-in-line to the throne, for the first official visit by a British royal is greatly appreciated. His great grandmother Princess Alice, is recognised by Yad Vashem as Righteous among the Nations for hiding Jews during the Shoah. We welcome Prince William’s attendance at Yad Vashem today and look forward to the building of a real and enduring relationship with the people of Israel.”

Yad Vashem UK’s chair Simon Bentley added: “Prince William’s visit to Israel, as second-in-line to the throne, for the first official visit by a British royal is greatly appreciated. His great grandmother Princess Alice, is recognised by Yad Vashem as Righteous among the Nations for hiding Jews during the Shoah. We welcome Prince William’s attendance at Yad Vashem today and look forward to the building of a real and enduring relationship with the people of Israel.”

Duke of Cambridge presents President Rivlin with Liverpool shirt

The Duke of Cambridge presents Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with a Liverpool FC shirt, signed by Steven Gerrard, during an audience at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel.

The Duke of Cambridge presents Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with a Liverpool FC shirt, signed by Steven Gerrard, during an audience at his official residence in Jerusalem, Israel.
Photo credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

 

Journalist ‘barred’ from covering Duke’s Israel meeting

A British-educated journalist was apparently barred from covering the Duke of Cambridge’s meeting with the Israeli prime minister after security quizzed him about Islam.

Journalist ‘barred’ from covering Duke’s Israel meeting after being quizzed about Islam

Duke of Cambridge joins football session with Jewish and Arab kids

The Duke of Cambridge attended a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa-Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Football Association president met with young people who are engaged in football-based youth programmes operated by The Equaliser, a social sport educational framework.

Prince William took  part in a penalty shoot-out with young Jews and Arabs involved in the UJIA-backed programme run by the Peres Centre for Peace, and was joined by Israeli  footballer Tomer Hemed, who plays for Premierleague side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge attends a session at the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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Latest: Duke of Cambridge joins football session with Jewish and Arab kids

Prince William arrives at Yad Vashem

The Duke of Cambridge will commemorate the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War when he lays a wreath at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

William, who is making a five-day visit to the Middle East, will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with two Holocaust survivors of the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him.

The duke will be joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during his visit, when he will leave his floral tribute in Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance.

The duke will then travel to the residence of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he will be welcomed toIsrael by the politician and his wife before meeting the country’s President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.

The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Later William will visit the city of Jaffa where he will meet young people involved in the work of two organisations focused on co-existence through football between the youngsters of different religious and ethnic communities – the Equaliser and the Peres Centre for Peace.

He will attend a football event hosted by the two charities and will have a chance to spend time with children and teenagers involved in several of their projects, including one focused on empowering young girls.

In the evening the duke will give a speech at a reception at the residence of Britain’s Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey before returning to Jerusalem.