His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on behalf of the British Government between Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th January. At the invitation of the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, The Prince will attend the World Holocaust Forum on 23rd January, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. His Royal Highness will also undertake a programme of engagements in Israel. At the invitation of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, The Prince will later visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
His Royal Highness will begin his official programme on Thursday 23rd January. During his time in Israel, His Royal Highness will meet President Rivlin at his Official Residence in Jerusalem. The Prince will later attend the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, where he will join other world leaders in honouring the memory of all those who were killed in the Holocaust. His Royal Highness is one of a small number of international visitors who have been asked to address the event. The Prince will also lay a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom.
His Royal Highness will then undertake a number of engagements in Israel focused on his deep interest in Jewish faith and culture and on the vibrancy of the U.K. - Israel relationship.
On Friday 24th January His Royal Highness will travel to Bethlehem. Here The Prince will be received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and will carry out a number of engagements reflecting Bethlehem’s historic religious significance.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- This visit will be the first time that The Prince has undertaken a programme of engagements in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
- The Prince of Wales has previously visited Jerusalem twice, once in 2016 and once in 1995 on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to attend the funeral of President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin respectively.