Prince William hailed for 'remarkable gesture' during historic trip to holy sites in Jerusalem

Prince William became the first member of the Royal family to tour the holiest sites in Jerusalem this week, where the Duke of Cambridge took the opportunity to turn his attention away from politics and focus on religion. 

The Telegraph reports that William even placed a hand written prayer in the cracks of the Western Wall while wearing a kippah. He would later take his shoes off during a visit to a mosque, demonstrating respect to each site he visited.

He began his tour on the Mount of Olives and enjoyed the view of Jerusalem’s Old City, and then found himself at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, where he took salt and bread before entering. It was also here where he visited his great grandmother Princess Alice’s crypt where he laid flowers from the garden. 

"It's absolutely fascinating to hear about the family history," Prince William reportedly said after being shown photos of from Princess Alice's life.

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TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince William touches the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ABIR SULTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William receives a gift from the Muslim Custodian of the keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Adeeb Judeh Alhusseini on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem's Old City. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP) (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by HEIDI LEVINE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HEIDI LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William waves as he walks in a street of Jerusalem's Old City after he visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on June 28, 2018. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - JUNE 28: Duke of Cambridge Prince William (C) accompanied by officials of Jerusalems Jordan-run Authority for Islamic Endowments, visits holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - JUNE 28: Duke of Cambridge Prince William (2nd R) accompanied by officials of Jerusalems Jordan-run Authority for Islamic Endowments, visits holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to the Church of St Mary Magdalene to pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Isreal. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to the Church of St Mary Magdalene to pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Isreal. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William arrives at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III and representatives of the other Christian denominations on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem's Old City. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP) (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the Mount of Olives on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. Prince William is on the final day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo by Robin Nunn-Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William talks to Palestinian children during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 28: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest place of prayer, as by British chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (2nd,L) and Western Wall chief Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch (L) look on in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. Prince William is on the final day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo by Tim Rooke-Pool/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 28: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli government press office (GPO), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest place of prayer, during his visit in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. Prince William is on the final day of his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and is the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state. (Photo by Haim Zach/GPO via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C-L) walks alongside Western Wall chief Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch (R) during a visit to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City on June 28, 2018. - The Duke of Cambridge is the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus is said to have been crucified.

"Today we experienced a moment of history which will live long in the memory of Jews around the world," British Chief Rabbi said of the Prince's visit. "The Western Wall stands at the epicenter of our faith. To see the future Monarch come to pay his respects was a remarkable gesture of friendship and a sign of the Duke's regard for the sanctity of Jerusalem."

"For us brothers and the sisterhood here, it is a great honor to have such a guest as Prince William here," Father Roman, the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem added.

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly left his visit with a variety of gifts for his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, "so they have a blessing from Jerusalem."

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GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on as Prince George of Cambridge holds a toy gun the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge plays with a Slinky toy as he attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge swings a polo mallet as he attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge comforts Prince George of Cambridge as they attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Savannah Phillips, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony, involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Prince George of Cambridge during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince George of Cambridge, Jasper Dyer, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Mulroney, Ivy Mulroney and Florence van Cutsem arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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