Prince William will become the first British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the “Palestinian territories,” which include the West Bank and Gaza, Kensington Palace announced. His trip to the region, which will include a visit to Jordan, will take place in the summer.
He will travel without his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to the couple’s third child in April.
A spokesman for Prince William told Newsweek further details such as dates and an itinerary will be released in due course. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office, which requested the summer trip, said she did not have any dates to release.
“We welcome the announcement of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Israel,” Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, tweeted. “This is an historic visit, the first of its kind and he will be welcomed here with great affection. I instructed the @IsraelMFA to coordinate preparations for the visit to ensure its success.”
Prince William’s trip was also welcomed by the Palestinian authorities.
“The Palestinians and their leadership warmly welcome the news of Prince William’s forthcoming visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and are deeply appreciative of the consistent support of #TheRoyalFamily for Palestinian self-determination,” tweeted the official account of the Palestinian Mission UK.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Shane Croucher