— Sir Prince Charles ♔ (@PrinceCharIes_) October 3, 2016
The visit went unreported at first, but began to appear on social media. The British Royal Family refrains from making formal visits to Israel due to the sensitive political situation.
Princess Alice of Battenburg, mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, paternal grandmother to the 67-year-old heir to the British crown, is interred in a crypt under the Russian Orthodox Convent Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives.
Princess Alice died in 1969 and was originally interred in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. 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. In 1988, her wish was realized and she was re-interred in a crypt below the church.
Alice was posthumously declared “Righteous Among the Gentiles” by the Yad Vashem Holocuast Memorial in 1994 for sheltering Jewish acquaintances in her residence in Athens, Greece for 13 months during World War Two while the city was occupied by the Nazis. Prince Philip attended the ceremony honoring his mother at the Yad Vashem Memeorial in Jerusalem, marking the first time a member of the royal family visited Israel. More than 85 percent of the Greek Jews were taken to concentration camps during the Holocaust.
Prince Phillip and his sister, Princess Sopie, visited their mother’s crypt before Friday’s ceremony honoring Peres.