Prince William finished up his historic tour of the Holy Land — the first ever official visit to Israel by a British royal — by visiting the Holy City's holy sites today. The Jerusalem Post's Tovah Lazaroff reports that the prince not only visited the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, but the tomb of his Righteous Gentile great-grandmother, as well:
He started his Jerusalem morning with a visit to the Mount of Olives, where he was briefed on the history of the city before visiting the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg, before heading on to significant religious sites in Jerusalem's Old City.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the final leg of his tour.
William followed in the footsteps of his father, Prince Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip, who have visited the grave site of Princess Alice near the Garden of Gethsemane.
Alice, who was Queen Elizabeth's mother-in-law, is buried in a crypt in the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem's walled Old City.
A devout Christian, she died in London in 1969 and had asked to be buried in Jerusalem, next to her aunt, who like Alice had become a nun and founded a convent.
In 1993, the princess was named as one of the "righteous among the nations," the highest honor Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial bestows on non-Jews, for hiding three members of the Cohen family in her palace in Athens during World War Two...