Prince William Makes Historic Visit To Jordan

Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah (R) greets Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at Amman’s Marka military airport on June 24, 2018. KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP

 

Prince William flew into Jordan on Sunday at the launch 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.

He was greeted at Amman’s Marka military airport by Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, hosting William for the two-day visit in Jordan.

The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge’s Royal Air Force plane touched down at the small airport in eastern Amman, where he was given a red-carpet welcome by the heir to the Jordanian throne.

Royal guards carrying rifles fitted with bayonets and wearing Jordan’s traditional red-and-white chequered keffiyeh scarves stood to attention as the prince, in a dark suit, descended from the plane.

The visit by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with 23-year-old Prince Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.

On Sunday evening, William attended a birthday party in honour of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose official 92nd birthday was celebrated on June 9, at the British ambassador’s residence.

“I greatly admire the resilience you in Jordan have shown in the face of the many security and humanitarian challenges that have confronted you as a result of conflicts in this region,” William said at the party.

“The way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, not to mention your longstanding commitments to Palestinian refugees, is remarkable,” he said.

“In so many ways, Jordan as an open and stable society is a beacon of hope for many other people in the Middle East.”

On Monday, William will visit the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, north of the capital, as well as a vocational training college for young Jordanians and Syrian refugees.

That evening, he will begin his history-making visit to the Jewish state and occupied West Bank during which he will meet both Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

 Seeds of conflict 

Kensington Palace has underlined the “non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role — in common with all royal visits overseas”.

But the region is a minefield of sensitivities.

The visit comes at a particularly volatile time after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moved Washington’s embassy there, sparking Arab outrage and deadly clashes.

Britain governed the region under a League of Nations mandate for almost three decades until Israel’s independence 70 years ago, and is still blamed by both sides for sowing the seeds of a conflict that continues to wrack the region.

Ahead of William’s arrival, the official schedule’s reference to east Jerusalem as “in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” sparked anger among right-wing Israeli politicians.

Official visits by British royals take place at the request of the UK government, but statements from the prince’s household have given little explanation for the timing of this trip.

Israel has long pushed for an official visit by a member of the British monarchy.

Other members of William’s family — including his father Prince Charles — have made unofficial visits to Israel and east Jerusalem in the past.

During the trip, William will have plenty of reminders of Britain’s role in the region.

In Jerusalem, he will stay at the King David hotel, which was Britain’s administrative headquarters during its rule of Palestine prior to Israeli statehood in 1948.

In 1946, militant Jews waging violent resistance against British rule bombed the building, killing and wounding scores of people, many of them British civil servants or military personnel.

Whilst in Jerusalem, William will lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

He will also visit the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and pay tribute at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who has been honoured by Israel for sheltering Jews during World War II.

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, he is to hold talks with Abbas and also meet Palestinian refugees and young people.

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Prince Harry Asks Brother, William To Be Best Man

Prince Harry Asks Brother William To Be Best Man
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Britain’s Prince Harry has asked his brother Prince William to be his best man when he marries US former actress Meghan Markle next month, Kensington Palace announced Thursday.

“Prince Harry has asked his brother the Duke of Cambridge to be his best man at his wedding to Ms Meghan Markle,” the London royal residence said in a statement.

“The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19,” the statement said.

Harry was best man at William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, and the announcement comes after the birth of William and Kate’s third child on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are yet to name the new prince.

William is second in line to the throne after the brothers’ father Prince Charles.

Markle is still to announce who will be her maid of honour.

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 Britain’s Prince William And Kate Welcome New Son

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. PHOTO: Isabel INFANTES / AFP

 

Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, the couple’s third child who is fifth in line to the British throne.

The boy, weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes), was born at 11:01 am (1001 GMT), Kensington Palace announced.

Mother and baby are both doing well, the palace said, and William, the Duke of Cambridge, was present for the birth.

William was seen smiling as he left St. Mary’s Hospital in central London shortly after 4:00 pm, waving to media outlets from around the world assembled outside.

He returned half an hour later, having collected from school the couple’s two other children; four-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, aged two.

Charlotte gave a wave to the crowd of onlookers and media as the trio entered the hospital,

Queen Elizabeth II, William’s father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince Harry were said to be delighted with the news.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 hours,” the palace announced in its brief statement.

Prime Minister Theresa May led the messages of support saying: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.

“I wish them great happiness for the future.”

Kate, 36, was admitted early Monday to the hospital’s private Lindo Wing, where she had given birth to George and Charlotte.

Royal fanatics, who had been camped outside the hospital wing for several days in anticipation, jumped for joy and popped open champagne.

“We’re going to celebrate with fish and chips!” said John Loughrey, who was wearing a Union Jack hat and clutching a plastic doll with a crown.

Maria Scott, 46, a housewife from Newcastle in northeast England, has been in place for 15 days.

“It’s really important to show support because they need to know how much they are loved by the people,” she told AFP.

“We’re very proud of our monarchy.”

The baby was born on St. George’s Day, England’s national day.

Tony Appleton, a town-crier dressed in a flamboyant red uniform, announced the news from the steps of the hospital to a crowd of supporters and media.

The birth was also announced on the display screen atop the 189-metre (620 feet) BT Tower in London, with the message “It’s a boy!”

Meanwhile, sailors and royal marines aboard HMS Albion lined up on the flight deck of the assault ship on operations in the Asia-Pacific region to spell out “boy!”

 Name speculation

The baby boy is a sixth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth, who turned 92 on Saturday, and her husband Prince Philip.

He will hold the title of Prince after the Queen changed the rules in 2012 to ensure that all of William’s children would be entitled to the style, not just his eldest son.

As with their two other children, the royal couple did not know whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl.

Bookmakers have Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip as their favourites for the young prince’s name.

The boy does not overtake Charlotte in the line of succession due to new laws agreed across the 16 Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A night at the Lindo Wing costs £7,500 ($10,500, 8,550 euros), including a delivery package and two-room suite, excluding consultants’ fees.

The birth was overseen by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist.

They were part of the trusted team who also delivered George and Charlotte.

The duchess had suffered severe morning sickness during all three pregnancies.

Gun salutes planned

William, who is destined to become king after Charles, and Kate met at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011, in a ceremony watched by up to two billion people worldwide. The marriage helped breathe new life into Britain’s monarchy after years of crisis.

The Sun newspaper reported Sunday that Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, 34, is pregnant with her first child.

The new royal baby’s birth will be celebrated with a 41-gun salute in London’s Hyde Park and The Tower of London will also fire 62 rounds.

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Prince William To Visit Palestinian Territories, Israel

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Prince William will be the first senior British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Kensington Palace announced on Thursday, as part of a tour which will also take in Jordan.

The visit this summer by the second in line to the throne “is at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities”, the palace said in a statement.

There have been no previous official visits by members of the British royal family to the Palestinian Territories.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas welcomed this summer’s “important” visit.

“We look forward to contributing to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two peoples,” a statement from the Palestinian presidency on official news agency WAFA said.

William will be the first close relation of Queen Elizabeth II to make an official visit to Israel, following official trips made previously by the monarch’s cousins the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.

Other foreign trips made by royals, such as attendance at funerals or weddings, are not made at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office and are therefore not classed as official visits.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the British royal’s trip would be “a historic visit” to his country.

Junior foreign minister Alistair Burt said the tour was an “important and unique opportunity to promote diplomatic and cultural ties in the region”.

Jordan has received British royals multiple times, including a state visit by the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in 1984 and numerous official visits by other members of the royal family.

William, officially the Duke of Cambridge, is the eldest son of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the late Princess Diana.

He is second in line to the throne and last January announced he would give up his job as an air ambulance pilot to concentrate on his royal duties and spend more time with his family.

William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child in April and the family, with young Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte already boosting the popularity of the British royals.

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French Court Orders Magazine To Pay €100,000 Over Kate Topless Pics

 Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waving as she arrives at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on the first day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

A French court ruled on Tuesday that a French celebrity magazine must pay more than 100,000 euros in damages to Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate over topless photos published of the Duchess in 2012.

The court also ordered Closer magazine’s editor and owner to each pay 45,000 euros ($53,000) in fines, the maximum possible.

The grainy snaps of Kate Middleton sunbathing in a bikini bottom were taken while she was on holiday in September 2012 in the south of France with her husband, the second in line to the British throne.

The couple was snapped with a long lens relaxing by a pool at a chateau belonging to Viscount Linley, a nephew of Queen Elizabeth.

The pictures triggered a furious reaction from the royal family in Britain, where several newspapers had rejected an offer to buy the pictures.

Closer, a glossy gossip magazine, was the first to splash them on its cover, and they were later reproduced in several other European publications, including Chi in Italy and Ireland’s Daily Star.

The royals — who announced Monday they are expecting a third child — filed a criminal complaint about invasion of privacy and obtained an injunction preventing further use of the images.

In a letter read out in court, William said the case reminded him of the paparazzi hounding of his mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago.

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Britain’s Prince William And Wife Kate Arrive In Germany

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate arrived for a three-day visit to Germany in Berlin on Wednesday.

The royal couple arrived from Poland and while in Germany is expected to also visit Heidelberg in the south and Hamburg in the north, apart from the capital.

Later on Wednesday, the royals, who are accompanied on the trip by their children, Prince George, who turns four this month, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, will be received by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who holds a largely ceremonial role, will receive William and Kate at his official residence, Schloss Bellevue castle.

The royals’ first day in Germany will end with a garden party hosted by the British ambassador to Germany, Sebastian Wood.

Prince William Participates In Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Britain’s Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, on Saturday, took part in a rehearsal for the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade in London, his office said via social media.

The Prince, in full dress uniform in his ceremonial role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, took a mounted salute as he reviewed soldiers on the Mall.

It was the first time William attended the review in his new role, Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter.

The Queen herself will take the salute at the birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, on June 17.

More than 6,000 spectators watched the event on Saturday, BBC News said on its website.

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Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Welcome Baby Girl

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a daughter on Saturday, the couple’s Kensington Palace residence announced.

The baby weighed 8 lbs 3 oz  Prince William was present at the birth.

The Palace took to its twitter page to announce the birth of the new born also British Prime Minister David Cameron amongst other celebrities.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the palace added.

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She gave birth at 8:34 a.m. (3.34 a.m. ET), some 2-1/2 hours after having been admitted in the early stages of labor to the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, West London, the palace said.

Both families of the couple had been informed, it said, including the new baby’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, her grandfather Prince Charles and William’s brother Prince Harry.

A ceremonial town crier announced the birth of the new baby, who will be fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother George.

No name for the newborn has yet been announced.

William, 32, was born at the same hospital to the late Princess Diana in 1982.

He and Kate, 33, met as students at St Andrews University in Scotland, married in a spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 and have since become global stars.

When Kate leaves hospital, the couple will initially return to Kensington Palace for a couple of days before heading to Anmer Hall, their country mansion on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Eastern England.