Prince William’s tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is one of the most important – and politically sensitive – trips in his royal career to date. On the first leg of his trip, however, the Duke still had time to visit a spot that has special personal significance for his wife, Kate – and to recreate a childhood photo from the Middleton family archive.
While touring the spectacular Roman ruins in Jerash, Jordan, William passed the same spot where the then four-year-old Kate, her younger sister Pippa and father Michael posed together for a family photo, take while they were living in Amman. Helpfully (and because, face it, nothing is left to coincidence on a royal tour), the spot was marked with a blown-up copy of the picture, placed on an easel.
After climbing up the rocks to mimic the Middletons’ snap, the Prince (who was accompanied by Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein) remarked that in order to truly recreate it, he’d ‘need to come back with the family for this shot.’ He also took the time to praise his father-in-law’s fashion choices, joking that ‘Michael’s looking very smart in his flip flops.’
The Middletons relocated to Amman, Jordan, when Kate was two and Pippa was just eight months old, when Michael was working for British Airways. In a speech, the Prince opened up about his wife’s warm memories of the country.
‘My wife Catherine is very sorry she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman,’ he said. ‘Catherine’s experience is not unique – the interchange between our two countries is real and deep: work, study, tourism and family links. Our historic ties and friendship are played out in the lives of thousands of people who consider both countries home.’
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William and Kate
THE FIRST GLIMPSE
Kate headed to Westminster Abbey with her father, Michael Middleton, giving royal-watchers a glimpse at the long sleeves and lace detailing of her wedding gown.