Prince William is set to visit spectacular Roman ruins where his wife Kate was photographed when she lived in the Middle East as a child.
The Duke of Cambridge will visit the archaeological site at Jerash, Jordan before he makes his historic visit to Israel later Monday.
The first century Roman city is one of the largest Roman remains anywhere in the Mediterranean region, and one of Jordan’s greatest tourist attractions.
It is the site where the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, was pictured as a four-year-old standing on a pile of stones with her father and younger sister Pippa in 1986, when the Middleton family lived in Jordan for almost three years.
Kate’s dad Michael worked in the region as a pilot for British Airways and William spoke openly yesterday of how she remembers very fondly her time in the country.
The Duke, 36, will become the first ever royal to travel to Israel on official business during its 70 year history when he touches down later Monday afternoon at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
He will later travel to Jerusalem’s historic King David Hotel, where he will stay for the remainder of the trip.
In Jordan, William will also hear about the lives, challenges and hopes of 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 hosting over 655,000 refugees – in a country with a population of just 9.5 million.
William will then travel 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.
He witness the QRF practicing pre-deployment drills and will also meet British officers on attachment to the Jordanian armed forces who work closely on security issues.
The Duke will then visit the Dar Na’mah Centre – a project of the Princess Taghrid Institute (PTI).
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.
The Duke will then board RAF Voyager to fly to Israel on Monday afternoon.
William’s Middle East trip, which concludes on Thursday, will see him meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The visit is a major milestone for William who will have to use all his skills of diplomacy to avoid ruffling political feathers in the region while still engaging with his hosts in Jerusalem and Ramallah.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said The historic nature of today tour is of course important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom.
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