He will be the first senior British royal to visit the West Bank (and he’s also touching down in Jordan).
He’s visited countries including Canada, Australia and New Zealand in his capacity as second-in-line to the British throne, and Prince William is about to add several new destinations to his list.
The royal will visit Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in a ground-breaking official tour, Kensington Palace revealed on Twitter on Thursday.
The tour, which is due to take place at an unspecified date this summer, will mark the first time a senior member of the British royal family has made an official visit to the region.
“The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities,” Kensington Palace added.
Prince William, who also goes by the title of the Duke of Cambridge, has not visited the region before.
He is expected to travel solo as his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth to the couple’s third child in April.
The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer. pic.twitter.com/VSdx7ts1Ff
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 1, 2018
The royal family has reportedly turned down invitations for an official visit for years, The Guardian reports, though the British government has publicly condemned illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The news was welcomed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who described the visit as “important”.
“We hope [it] will contribute to strengthening ties of friendship between the two peoples,” he said in a statement, according to official news agency WAFA.
Another Palestinian official, who spoke to The Guardian anonymously, added that the visit would give Prince William “a chance to see the realities on the ground”.
It’s not known exactly where the royal will visit in Jordan, but we’ll keep you updated once more details about his trip are confirmed.