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Prince William’s floral tribute to royal Holocaust heroine

Holy site:
a kippah,
touches the
Western Wall
in Jerusalem

THE Duke of Cambridge made a poignant pilgrimage to the final resting place of his great-grandmother at the end of his historic five-day Middle East tour.

He laid flowers at the tomb of Princess Alice, who saved a Jewish family from the Holocaust, in the Russian orthodox church on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

Alice, who married Prince Andrew of Greece and died in 1969, was honoured by Israel for protecting the family.

Earlier in the week, William met descendants of those she had sheltered during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

During a short speech yesterday, he said: ‘Her story is a matter of great pride for my whole family.’

On the final day of his trip, he also toured Jewish, Christian and Muslim sites in Jerusalem’s Old City.

At the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, he wore a kippah, or skull cap, and placed a written prayer in the wall. He also visited Temple Mount, revered by Jews and Muslims.

It is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the gold-topped Dome of the Rock, one of the most recognised symbols of Jerusalem. The duke also lit a candle at the holiest site in the Christian world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified.