Prince William watches England thrash Panama in replay

During the visit, William and Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein stopped in front of an enlarged photo on an easel that showed the Duchess of Cambridge, her father and younger sister Pippa posing against the backdrop of the Jerash ruins. The memorial has recognized Prince William's great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as part of the Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Thanks to her, the Cohen family survived and today lives in France.

Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev guided Prince William through the memorial's exhibitions, which detail the death of six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Second World War. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

"Terrifying. (I'm) trying to comprehend the scale", the Duke said.

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


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

Following his trip to Yad Vashem, where he toured the museum, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, and met two survivors from the Kindertransport, William wrote in the guest book that his visit was "profoundly moving".

No immediate member of the royal family has made an official visit to Israel since its establishment in 1948, nor to the Palestinian territories. Even so, many Israelis were displeased that the British government chose to use the wording of the prince's itinerary to drive home the point that it doesn't accept Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, he is scheduled to meet the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Palestinian refugees and young people in the West Bank city of Ramallah.


Israel defines Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

In a statement to launch the trip Kensington Palace had said a day "in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem's Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives".

The duke will also meet the country's President Reuven Rivlin.

Britain's Prince William speaking during a visit to the Princess Taghrid Institute for Development and Training, in the province of Ajloun, north of Amman, Jordan, today.


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