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Prince William Visited the Tomb of His Great-Grandmother, Princess Alice, During His Visit to Israel
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Prince William took time out of his schedule during his Middle Eastern tour on Thursday to visit the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who was the mother of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

Quick history lesson: Alice was the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and was born deaf. Her full title was Princess Alice of Battenberg (and later, after marrying Prince Andrew, became Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark), and she’s remembered for her bravery: She stayed in Athens during WWII to house Jewish refugees in her home during the Holocaust. 

Prince William’s tour, which began Sunday, has covered Jordan, Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. But on Thursday during the tomb visit, he laid a bouquet of flowers on the sarcophagus of Princess Alice’s crypt, which is located at the Russian Orthodox church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem.

Later today, William will return home to London (no doubt ready for some QT with little Louis).

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