LONDON (Aug. 21)
The long-awaited first visit to Israel by a member of the British royal family will take place in October.
Authoritative sources have confirmed that Prince Philip will travel to Israel at that time to attend a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring his mother, Princess Alice of Greece, for her role in saving Jews during the Second World War. He may meet President Ezer Weizman during the visit.
The decision to proceed with the trip comes after months of doubt, both here and in Jerusalem, about whether it would take place.
Although the decision was officially made by Buckingham Palace, royal visits abroad require the approval of the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Office has hitherto opposed all such trips to Israel.