The Duke of Cambridge’s first visit to Israel ended on a solemn note with a visit to the Western Wall and the Church of St. Mary Magdelene, where he received gifts for his children.
The Prince ended the landmark journey to Israel on a solemn note by visiting the Western Wall for prayer and paying his respects at the grave of a royal ancestor at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
At the Western Wall, Prince William wore the traditional Jewish yarmulke over his head, which is considered a mark of sincere reverence.
The Kensington Palace released a photo of the prince as he stood in prayerful silence with his eyes closed as he touched the stone structure for a few moments.
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The Church of St. Mary Magdalene bears special significance for the British royal family, as one of their most iconic princesses, Princess Alice, was laid to rest there.
Princess Alice, the mother of Prince Philip, is still remembered with respect for providing a Jewish family shelter in her own Palace in Greece so that they could be protected from the Nazis.
Prince William paid his respects at his legendary great-grandmother with by laying flowers on the tomb.
As reported by People, the prince walked around the church with his host Father Roman, who spearheads the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
He also interacted with Abbess Elizabeth at the church, who requested Prince William to convey to his grandfather that the church was taking care of Princess Alice’s tomb and praying for her soul.
On the subject of Prince Philip, Father Roman cited an example of how the royal was a person who was outspoken and did not beat around the bush.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Father Roman shared the instance that he had earlier shared with Prince William.
He stated that he had read somewhere that Prince Philip was once asked whether he had been to Russia, and his instant witty response was that the Russians murdered half of his family, so he is not sure about going to Russia.
When Prince William heard these words, he chuckled and added that it sounded like something his 97-year-old grandfather would say.
Before leaving the church, Prince William was given several gifts that were meant for his children, including wooden Easter eggs and miniature crosses.
Father Roman gave them to Prince William, stating that they symbolized a blessing for the children from Jerusalem.