Prince William pays tribute to Kate on Jordan visit

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The prince's trip was announced in March and welcomed by Israeli and Palestinian officials. "William said, "[Kate] is very sorry she can not be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis [on April 23], but her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman".

"I was a six-year-old refugee kid, and here I am giving a book I wrote, to honour my father, basically, to a member of the royal family", he told Reuters.

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute in Jerusalem to the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust in an emotional ceremony during his historic visit to Israel.

It said: "Princess Alice personally saw to it that the members of the persecuted Jewish family had everything they needed, and even visited them in their hiding place, spending many hours in their company".

Yad Vashem UK's chair Simon Bentley added: "Prince William's visit to Israel, as second-in-line to the throne, for the first official visit by a British royal is greatly appreciated".

He started off the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, where he met with two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain. Bearing witness then - as with this visit to Yad Vashem in Israel today - sends a powerful message to the world: we must never forget.

Britain captured Palestine from the Ottoman empire in 1917 during World War One and administered the territory under global mandate until 1948, pulling out a day before Israel declared independence.

"[She] is very sorry she can not be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis [on April 23], but her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman", he said of the Duchess of Cambridge.

In the evening the duke will give a speech at a reception at the residence of Britains Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey before returning to Jerusalem.

Later, the duke was greeted by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, at his residence.

Speaking before William's visit, Alexander, freshly back from a bicycle ride that retraced his life-saving voyage as a toddler, said he was chosen to meet the prince as the youngest member of the Kindertransport. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital. He is expected to tour the Western Wall, Muslim and Christian holy sites, and occupied Palestinian territories.

The prince will try to deftly dodge politics as he later visits east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed in a move not internationally recognized.

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