Five vis­its in 60year­sof the State

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPECIAL REPORT -

THERE HAVE been five vis­its to Is­rael by mem­bers of the royal fam­ily — al­though all of them were on a private ba­sis.

The first was in 1994, when the Duke of Ed­in­burgh went to Yad Vashem, the Holo­caust mu­seum in Jerusalem, where he planted a tree in me­mory of his mother, Princess Alice of Greece, who was hon­oured as a Righ­teousGen­tile for sav­ing Jews dur­ing the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of her coun­try. Prince Philip also met Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin and was hosted at din­ner by Pres­i­dent Ezer Weiz­man.

He pre­sented gold medals to Jewish and Arab youths who had taken part in a course linked to the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award scheme and met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Is­rael branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

A year l ater, Prince Charles at­tended the Jerusalem funeral of Prime Min­is­ter Rabin. In the same year Princess Mar­garet made a light­ning five­hour visit to Is­rael, break­ing off from a private trip to Jor­dan.

She vis­ited the sea of Galilee and the Vered Hagalil hol­i­day vil­lage, where the owner had been told only to ex­pect a Bri­tish VIP. The Princess’s visit was kept a closely guarded se­cret a nd not e v e n the Is­raeli press re­ported it un­til she had re­turned to Jor­dan.

I n 1 9 9 8 t h e Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent (Prince Michael’s brother), vis­ited as vice chair­man of the Bri­tish Over­seas Trade Board. This Septem­ber, Prince Ed­ward be­came the first royal for al­most a decade to visit, meet­ing mem­bers of a youth pro­gramme af­fil­i­ated to the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award In­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion.

1994: Prince Philip

1995: Princess Mar­garet

2007: Prince Ed­ward

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