Britain’s Prince Charles celebrated the official induction of the UK’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mervis, Sunday by wearing a personalized yarmalke bearing his official crest.
The Prince of Wales –who was the ceremony’s guest of honor– is the first member of the royal family to attend an installation of a chief rabbi, and he did so in style, with his blue velvet ceremonial skullcap adorned with the Prince of Wales’ feathers.
During his induction speech, Mervis addressed the Prince’s presence directly, saying, “It is not just an honor for me personally, but an honor for our entire community. It is a reflection for the passion you have to work with the faith communities in this country.”
The royal Kippah has made appearances in the past at various other Jewish related events and ceremonies.
Mervis replaced outgoing chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who served in the position for twenty two years.