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June 1, 2012 1:32 pm

Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee and the Jews

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Toronto's Royal York Hotel. Photo: wiki commons.

While Great Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee—marking 60 years of her reign—with a special extended bank holiday weekend June 2-5, scholars point out that the royal family had a friendly relationship with the country’s Jewish community for several generations.

The Queen’s opinions on Jews are not verified since she cannot express her personal views in public, but her actions may paint a better picture. Prince Charles of Wales was circumcised by Rabbi Jacob Snowman M.D, a leading mohel in London who circumcised several royal family members in a tradition dating back to George I, Haaretz reported.

The Queen, despite being the head of the Church of England, notably did not object when her daughter, the Princess Anne, married an Italian-Jewish man. Alice of Battenberg, whose son is the Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was recognized in 1994 by Israel’s Yad Vashem as a “righteous gentile” for saving a Jewish family during the Holocaust in Greece.

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  • kevobx

    Leviticus 25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possesion. *Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. *Acts 7:6 equals Genesis 15:13*

  • kevobx

    Leviticus 25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possesion. *Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. *Acts 7:6 equals Genesis 15:13**

  • Avi

    You write that the Queen “did not object when her daughter, the Princess Anne, married an Italian-Jewish man.” Princess Anne’s first husband was Captain Mark Phillips. Her second and current husband is Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Which one of them is the Italian-Jew?

  • “…in a tradition dating back to George 1”? This story is growing. It used to go back only to Victoria, and a claim that she was a British Israelite (they believe that the “Brith-ish” are one of the Lost Tribes of Israel). I suggest you check your reference.

    If they did indeed call on Rabbi Snowman, it would have had little to do with their feelings about Judaism, but the common belief at the time that Jewish doctors, being more experienced, were safer.

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