Prince Edward will arrive in Israel for a four-day visit, the first by a British royal in more than a decade.

HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will arrive in Israel today (Wednesday, 5 September 2007) for a four-day visit. This is the first visit to Israel of a member of the British royal family in over a decade.

The Prince is scheduled to distribute prizes to Israeli youths who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme – an international program that was started by Edward’s father, Prince Philip, half a century ago, aimed at encouraging positive developments among youths.

The Earl of Wessex, will visit Yad Vashem on Friday, September 7, 2007.  He will tour the Holocaust History Museum, visit the tree planted in honor of his grandmother Princess Alice, place a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and visit the Children’s Memorial.

Princess Alice was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1993, for rescuing the Cohen family in Greece during the Holocaust.  In 1994, her son, HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh planted a tree in her honor at Yad Vashem.