The second man in succession to the British throne decides to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The second man to succeed the British throne, Prince William, will make an official visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June 2018, Kensington Palace said.
The visit is the first ever for the heir to the British throne. Before you, any member of the royal family has an official visit to the Palestinian territories.
The visit will begin in Jordan on June 24, then to Israel. On June 26, the British prince will visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, before heading to Ramallah on the West Bank next day.
The visit came at the request of the British government and was welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities. "
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: "This is a historic visit and the first of its kind will be greeted here with great enthusiasm."
The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was an important visit "we look forward to contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two peoples."
No member of the British royal family has ever made an official visit to Israel since the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.
The last official visit of a member of the British royal family to Israel was made by the Duke of Gloucester.
In 1998, the Duke of Kent paid an official visit to the Jewish state.
Prince William's visit to the Palestinian territories will be the first of its kind at all,
Crown Prince Charles took part in the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem in November 1995 and returned to the city in September 2016 to attend the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
However, since neither of these visits was made at the request of the State Department, they are not considered official visits.