And while in Israel, William made a stop in Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and locations sacred to followers of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. He also met with entrepreneurs and refugees – not to mention the crowds who had come out to see him. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin even called William “a prince and a pilgrim” while the duke was in the country.
But the last day of William’s tour saw him reach a site with some personal significance. There were stops at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; perhaps none of were as important to the prince, though, as the visit to the Church of Mary Magdalene – where Princess Alice, his great-grandmother, is buried.
Princess Alice of Battenberg was Prince Philip’s mother and thus William’s great-grandmother. She was born in 1885 and would ultimately live through both world wars to the age of 84. And while Alice’s name is certainly not as well known as her son’s, she is nevertheless one of the most fascinating and accomplished royals in modern history.