Prince William kicks off busy day in Israel at Yad Vashem

Prince William
The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William is starting his busy Israel tour with a visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

The Duke is set Tuesday to meet two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain. The memorial has recognized Prince William’s great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as part of the Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.

William arrived Monday night in the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family to the tumultuous region London once ruled.

In a private 1994 visit to Yad Vashem, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, planted a tree there in his mother’s honor. Princess Alice hid three members of the Cohen family in her palace in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II.

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