Prince William is making the first official royal visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Speaking at the reception earlier, the Duke had referenced Kate's absence - she's now on maternity leave after welcoming Prince Louis in April - explaining: "My wife Catherine is very sorry she can not be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman".
William, a 36-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second in line to the throne, will see religious sites, honor Holocaust victims and meet Jewish and Arab youths, and Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
BRITAIN'S Prince William arrived in Israel today, the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Later in the week, he'll be travelling to the West Bank, where he will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah before wrapping up the trip in east Jerusalem to visit his great-grandmother's gravesite.
According to Israeli website Ynet, Mr Elki described it as "regrettable" Britain had chosen to politicise the royal visit.
Tomorrow, he will lay a wreath at Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, before meeting separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.
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The children greeted the William and the Jordanian crown prince in the amphitheatre of Jerash, where they showed off some of their art work, including paintings. "He wants to get a flavor of the country". Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin - who is running for mayor of the city in this year's elections - called the reference a "distortion" that can not "change reality".
Ambassador Quarrey insisted the wording merely reflected decades of terminology used by British governments.
Yesterday, the Duke of Cambridge visited the Jerash Greco-Roman archaeological site with Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein - who is regent while his father is on a trip to the United States.
The duke's visit comes during a period of increased tension in the region.
The image of the family at the ruins surfaced just before the duchess married Prince William in 2011.
The two royals got together to watch a rerun of Sunday's FIFA World Cup match (England vs Panama) at the Beit Al Urdan Palace in Amman.