Prince Charles is to make his first official visit to Israel, the highest-level British visit ever to the region. More details of his trip have been revealed, including that he will meet with British Holocaust survivors and make a visit to Bethlehem.
The centrepiece of the two-day trip on January 23 and 24 is an appearance at the World Holocaust Forum on January 23. The Prince will make a speech at the event at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. A senior aide said today that the Prince was “honored” to be asked to address the event, and have the opportunity to “honour the memory of all those who were lost in the Holocaust and to reaffirm his determination that hatred, extremism and intolerance must never prevail.”
Charles will also meet with British Holocaust survivors who will be travelling to Israel that week. His aide described them as “a remarkable group of people with whom His Royal Highness has long valued his relationship.” The trip is at the request of the British Government and will begin with the Prince greeting President Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem.