Prince William is now mid-way through a royal tour of Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - places that actually have sweet connections to his wife Catherine's childhood.
On Sunday, William arrived for his historic official tour to the Middle East, where he will become the first member of the royal family ever to undertake an official visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He will head back home to London on Thursday.
Two sentimental stops were included in the first few days for the Duke of Cambridge – allowing him to pay homage to both his family history and his wife Catherine’s.
The Prince yesterday visited Amman in Jordan – which is where Catherine actually spent three years of her life, after moving there at two years old.
He even headed to the exact archaeological site at Jerash, where Catherine was pictured with her father and sister Pippa – and where officials had placed the exact image of his wife all those years ago!
On his first day in Jordan, Prince William revealed that Catherine was actually ‘very upset’ that he had gone on the tour without her – but explained that due to her maternity leave, they were left with no choice.
Speaking to a guest, he confessed, “She loved it here, she really did. She is very upset that I am coming here without her.”
During a speech at a reception held for the Queen, the Duke also revealed, “My wife Catherine is very sorry she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman.
“Catherine’s experience is not unique – the interchange between our two countries is real and deep: work, study, tourism and family links.”
The Duchess of Cambridge moved with the Middleton family to Amman in Jordan in May 1984, when she was just two, because of her father’s work. Catherine attended a nursery school in Amman from the age of three, before her family returned home to the UK in 1986.
As Catherine is unable to join William on his historic trip, the special visit to the site at Jerash is sure to remind the Duke of Cambridge of his wife and family back in London.
Prince William’s trip, which the royal family hope will strengthen the, ‘links that exist not only between the two countries, but also those that exist between their respective Royal families’ will see the Duke of Cambridge shed light on the culture and people of the places he visits.
During the strictly non-political tour, Prince William will visit spectacular archaeological sites, spend time with charities helping young people and refugees, pay his respects at Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and take opportunities to celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food.
In his second sentimental stop on the tour, the Duke of Cambridge will visit the Church of St Mary Magdalene near the Mount of Olives, where he will, ‘pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice’.
Both The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales have made previous visits to the poignant location, with the Duke of Cambridge sure to feel the significance of being the third generation to pay his respects at the tomb during his visit.