The Duke of Cambridge in JordanThe Duke of Cambridge in JordanThe Duke of Cambridge in Jordan

Intro

The Duke of Cambridge visited Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories from Sunday 24th June until Thursday 28th June at the request of Her Majesty's Government. The visit was The Duke's first to the region.

During the visit, The Duke met young entrepreneurs, viewed vibrant tech and media sectors, witnessed historic cultures being protected and interpreted for the 21st century, and met people from a wide variety of backgrounds – including refugees – with a particular focus on young people.

The Duke also met senior political and religious leaders in all three places, as well as a wide range of people drawn from across business, civil society, the arts and media and other sectors at receptions organised by the UK’s three missions.

Day One

The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Jordan and was greeted by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah.

The Duke then visited Fablab, an initiative of the Crown Prince Foundation that seeks to equip young entrepreneurs with the technology they need to realise their ambitions.

In the evening, The Duke was able to meet a range of people from across Jordanian society at a Queen's Birthday Party at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador, where he delivered a speech which included a message from The Queen:

Day Two

Joined by Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II, the day started with a visit to the archaeological site at Jerash - a first century Roman city, and one of Jordan's greatest tourist attractions.

Jerash was also hosting a celebration for young people benefiting from the Makani programme supported by UNICEF. Makani is a nationwide charity that works with young people from deprived backgrounds, but especially those from refugee communities - Jordan is currently hosting over 655,000 refugees.

Next, The Duke of Cambridge travelled to the north of the country to visit a new base for the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which has been formed with British military support.

At the Princess Taghrid Institute in Dar Na'mah, His Royal Highness received a tour of the facility to see the production of local arts and crafts products, the shop, bread baking and traditional cooking in a mud oven at the end of the garden. 

The institute is a charity set up by Princess Taghrid to support women of all ages to develop their own livelihoods and thereby support their families and communities.

His Royal Highness then visited Al Quds, a vocational training college with links to the Middlesex University. The school works in partnerships with NGOs to offer technical and vocational training for young Jordanian and Syrian refugee students. 

To finish the day, The Duke inspected Air Ambulances at Marka airport. His Royal Highness worked as Air Ambulance helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) between March 2015 and July 2017, where he flew Helicopter Emergency Medical Service missions.

His Royal Highness then travelled to Israel - he is first senior member of The Royal Family to undertake an official visit there.

Day Three

The first full day in Israel started with The Duke of Cambridge visiting Yad Vashem – Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

His Royal Highness received a short tour of the museum, before meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust and the Kindertransport who shared their personal experiences with him.

In Yad Vashem's Hall of Remembrance The Duke attended a memorial service and laid a wreath in memory of those who died.

His Royal Highness then travelled to the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he was welcomed to Israel. He then had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.

At the historic city of Jaffa, The Duke met young people involved in the work of two organisations focused on co-existence between the young people of different religious and ethnic communities – the Equaliser and the Peres Centre for Peace.

Next, His Royal Highness visited Tel Aviv Beach and the day will finish with a reception at the British Embassy Garden, which included a tech showcase.

Day Four

Day 4 of The Duke of Cambridge's tour started in Tel Aviv, where he visited Rothschild Boulevard and met young people at a Beit Ha'ir Museum.

The museum is designed to be an open house for artists, writers and scholars. The Duke attended attend a civil society reception and met groups of young people engaged in the fields of youth activism, social impact and the environment.

His Royal Highness then travelled to Ramallah and met the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

At Jalazone Refugee Camp in Ramallah, The Duke of Cambridge met those involved with in a Child Vaccination programme and visited at local school.

His Royal Highness then joined a Cultural Festival in the city, with youth drama, musical performances, local cuisine and aspiring footballers.

The day finished at the residence of the British Consul-General in Jerusalem, where The Duke gave a speech

Day Five

On the final of the tour, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and paid his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.

Princess Alice, mother to The Duke of Edinburgh, lived in Athens during WWII and worked with the Swedish and Swiss Red Cross.

During the German Occupation of Athens Princess Alice sheltered Jewish families in her apartment. In 1993 Yad Vashem bestowed the title of 'Righteous Among the Nations' to Princess Alice - an honour given to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews.

Earlier this week, The Duke of Cambridge met Edith & Phillipe Cohen, two descendants of people sheltered by Princess Alice.

His Royal Highness visited the Dome of the Rock, al-Asqa Mosque, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.