Report: Member of British Royal Family to Make First State Visit to Israel
JNS.org – A member of the United Kingdom’s royal family is reportedly expected to visit Israel this year, in what would be an historic first for the Jewish state.
It remains unclear which British royal will visit Israel, but it has been speculated that it will likely be Prince Charles of Wales, heir to the throne, who attended the funeral of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres last year in Jerusalem, The Independent reported. The report added that Queen Elizabeth would likely skip the trip due to her advanced age and health concerns.
The royal family has traditionally shunned Israeli invitations for official state visits, but members of the family have visited in personal capacities and to attend dignitaries’ funerals.
Earlier this week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin extended an invitation to the British royal family during his meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Jerusalem. Rivlin proposed that the visit coincide with celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which established British support for the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East.
“This is a very important year in the history of the relations between Israel and the United Kingdom,” Rivlin said.