Prince William pays tribute to Kate on Jordan visit

Prince William watches England thrash Panama in replay

William arrived Saturday in Jordan at the start of a Middle East tour that will see him become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The Duke of Cambridge posed for a photo on June 25 at the exact same spot amid the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash where his wife, Duchess Kate, was photographed playing at age 4 with sister Pippa Middleton and dad Michael Middleton more than three decades ago.

CNN reports that William is also expected to visit Jerusalem's Old City, the Mount of Olives and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Until now it had been British policy not to make an official royal visit until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

For the 36-year-old William, second in line to the throne, it marks a high-profile visit that could burnish his global credentials.

"It is important to emphasis that the Duke is not a political figure, this is not a political visit", he said.

In a private 1994 visit to Yad Vashem, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, planted a tree there in his mother's honour.

This morning William was taken on a guided tour of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, which recounts the history of the Holocaust, the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Second World War.

The children greeted the William and the Jordanian crown prince in the amphitheatre of Jerash, where they showed off some of their art work, including paintings.

The Prince will then conclude his trip to Israel by meeting young Israelis at Beit Ha'ir Museum before leaving for Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

However, Crown Prince Hussein, 23, recorded the game for him, and they watched it together at the Beit Al Urdun Palace in the evening.

Prince William is now visiting the country alone as the Duchess is still on maternity leave, but we're sure she was only delighted with this little tribute to her childhood.

Tom Segev, an Israeli historian, said some Israelis feel resentment over what he described as the British royal family's boycott of Israel over the years.

William, an avid soccer fan, arrived in Jordan on Sunday afternoon, as the England-Panama World Cup match was underway.

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