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Prince Charles lays flowers in Jerusalem

Prince Charles has made a poignant visit to see his grandmother's final resting place for the first time.

Charles paid his respects at the crypt of the Duke of Edinburgh's mother, Princess Alice of Greece, in Jerusalem on Friday (30 Sep 2016) after attending former Israeli president Shimon Peres' funeral.

During the visit, the Prince, who had long wanted to make the journey, placed flowers - which he picked himself from his Scottish retreat Birkhall.

Princess Alice's remains are buried at the picturesque Church of St Mary Magdalene, above the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem.

She died in 1969 and her remains lay at first in St George's Chapel, Windsor.

But her final wish was to be buried at the Russian orthodox convent on the Mount of Olives, near her aunt Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia, who was murdered by the Bolsheviks and declared a Russian Orthodox saint.

Charles also placed flowers at the grave of his ancestor the Grand Duchess.

Alice was re-interred in Jerusalem in August 1988.

But it was not until 1994 that the Duke of Edinburgh visited his mother's grave when he travelled to Israel for a ceremony honouring her for saving Greek Jews during the Second World War.

The Royal family has historically refrained from visiting the site due to its location in the eastern part of Jerusalem, to remain neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Princess Alice of Greece was the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh
Born Princess Alice of Battenberg in Windsor in 1885, Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece, becoming Princess Andrew of Greece.

Princess Alice, who gave shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Athens, was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous among the Nations.


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