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Prince William praised a "notable gesture" during a historic journey to holy sites in Jerusalem



Prince William was the first member of the royal family to visit the holiest sites in Jerusalem this week, where the Duke of Cambridge seized the opportunity to turn their attention away from politics and focus on religion.

The Telegraph reports that William even placed a handwritten prayer in the crack of the Wailing Wall while wearing a kippah. Later, when visiting a mosque, he took off his shoes and showed respect for every place he visited.

He began his journey on the Mount of Olives and enjoyed the view of the old city of Jerusalem and then found himself again in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, where he took salt and bread before entering. Here he also visited the crypt of his great-grandmother Princess Alice, where he planted flowers from the garden.

"It's absolutely fascinating to hear about family history," said Prince William, after showing photos of Princess Alice's life.

See photos of Prince William's visit to Jerusalem:

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Prince William visits Jerusalem

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TOPSHOT – Britain's Prince William touches on June 28, 2018 Wailing Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ABIR SULTAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Britain's Prince William receives a gift from the Muslim Chastity of the keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Adeeb Judeh Alhusseini on June 28 2018 in the old city of Jerusalem. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo: GALI TIBBON / AFP) (Photo: GALI TIBBON / AFP / Getty Images)

British Prince William visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old Town on June 28, 2018. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo: HEIDI LEVINE / POOL / AFP) (Photo: HEIDI LEVINE / AFP / Getty Images)

The British Prince William beckons as he walks in a street of Jerusalem's Old Town after visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher 28 June 2018. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo credit: AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM – JUNE 28: Duke of Cambridge, Prince William (C), accompanied by officials from the Jordan-run Islamic Foundations Authority of Jerusalem , Visits Holy Sites in Occupied East Jerusalem on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM – JUNE 28: Duke of Cambridge Prince William (2nd R) Accompanied by Jerusalem Officials Jordan Run Authority for Islamic Foundations, Visits Holy Places in the Occupied East Jerusalem on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene to pay tribute to his great-grandmother's tomb, Princess Alice of Battenberg, during his official trip through Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – Pool / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on a visit to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene to pay homage to the grave of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – Pool / Getty Images)

The British Prince William arrives on June 28, 2018 in the Old City of Jerusalem with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus III. And representatives of other Christian denominations to the Holy Sepulcher. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP)

JERUSALEM – JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the Mount of Olives on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. On the last day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Prince William is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo by Robin Nunn-Pool / Getty Images)

The British Prince William speaks to Palestinian children on June 28, 2018, during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family that witnesses a girl official visit of the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP) (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Wailing Wall, the holiest place of Judaism. The British chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (2nd, L) and the head of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch (L), are looking to Israel in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem. On the last day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Prince William is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo by Tim Rooke-Pool / Getty Images)

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 28: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image of the Israeli Government's Press Office (GPO), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, touches the Wailing Wall, The holiest place of worship of Judaism during his visit to the Old City of Jerusalem on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. On the last day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Prince William is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo: Haim Zach / GPO via Getty Images)

The British prince William (CL) wanders through a visit to the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City along with the head of the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch (R) City on June 28, 2018. – The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and Palestinian territories. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / Getty Images)




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He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus is spoken

" Today we have experienced a moment of history that will long be remembered by Jews around the world, "said the British chief rabbi about the prince's visit. "The Wailing Wall stands at the epicenter of our faith, seeing that the future monarch showed respect was a remarkable gesture of friendship and a sign of the Duke's consideration for the holiness of Jerusalem."

"For us brothers and sisterhood here, it is a great honor to have such a guest as Prince William here," added Father Roman, the head of the Russian Church Mission in Jerusalem.

The Duke of Cambridge has reportedly left his visit with a multitude of gifts for his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, "so they have a blessing from Jerusalem."

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GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – June 10: Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / WireImage)

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – June 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / WireImage)

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on as Prince George of Cambridge a toy gun at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester stops, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / WireImage)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Visit Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and Prince George of Cambridge The Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge plays with a slinky toy The Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge swings a polo bat while he at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy part of the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Katharina, Duchess of Cambridge, comforts Prince George of Cambridge Attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 10: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy part of the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – June 10: Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy in Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Antony Jones / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – June 9: Savannah Phillips, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during 2018 Color Trooping on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / Samir Hussein / WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 9: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace while trooping the paint on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony, attended by over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, was probably completed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the sovereign, although the queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 9: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color Parade on 9th June, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Devaney / FilmMagic)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 9: (PUBLISHING FOR UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATING DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips are standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Collect the 2018 color on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony, attended by more than 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, was said to have taken place during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the sovereign, although the queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – June 9: Prince George of Cambridge during Trooping Color 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Prince George of Cambridge, Jasper Dyer, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Mulroney, Ivy Mulroney and Florence van Cutsem reach the wedding of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle in the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool / Getty Images)




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