Prince Charles makes poignant visit to his grandmother’s grave in Jerusalem, Israel – a first for teh heir to the throne
- Prince Charles visited the grave in Jerusalem for the first time on Friday
- Princess Alice of Greece’s remains were moved to the Church of St Mary Magdalene in 1988 after originally being buried in Windsor in 1969
- Charles lay flowers that he had picked from his own garden in Birkhall
The Prince of Wales made a poignant visit to see his grandmother’s final resting place for the first time – bringing flowers from his garden at Birkhall to lay at her grave.
Heir to the throne Charles, 67, paid his respects at the crypt of the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother, Princess Alice of Greece, in Jerusalem on Friday after attending former Israeli president Shimon Peres’ funeral.
During the moving visit, the Prince, who had long wanted to make the journey in honour of his grandmother, placed flowers – which he picked himself from his Scottish retreat Birkhall – at her grave.
Princess Alice’s remains are buried at the picturesque Church of St Mary Magdalene, above the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives.
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 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
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