Britain's Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth, landed in Israel on Wednesday for a four-day private visit. Prince Edward was invited to the Jewish state by the Israel Youth Award program, a self-development group for Jewish and Arab youth that is affiliated with his father's Award International Association, reported Ha'aretz.
In addition to meeting with the Israel Youth Award program participants, Prince Edward was scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and have Shabbat dinner with Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger. The prince's Yad Vashem schedule included visiting a tree planted in honor of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who sheltered a Jewish family in her Athens home during the Nazi occupation of her country.
Prince Edward was not scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert or President Shimon Peres. Israel has still never hosted an official state visit by a British royal.