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. Jerash is one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns across the globe, and it is where a young Kate Middleton was pictured with her father, Michael and younger sister, Pippa in the 1980s.
At the time, the family was residing in Jordan as her father was stationed there for his job with British Airways. The picture of the future royal with her father and sister was released by the Middleton family ahead of Prince William’s wedding to Catherine in April 2011.
Prince William made sure to take a photo of himself in the same location as his wife some thirty years ago, and it will surely be shown to the couple’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when he returns to Kensington Palace in a few days. His Royal Highness, standing in the scorching heat, told the press with a smile, “Need to come back with the family for this shot.”
During his walk through the town, William was later greeted by a 2ft by 3ft enlargement of the now famous picture of his wife and her family. The Duke of Cambridge remarked about how the Duchess loved living in Jordan for two and a half years. He also joked about his father-in-law, “Michael’s looking very smart in his flip-flops.”
The Duke and Crown Prince of Jordan were lead on a tour of the ancient city by Samia Khouri, director of museums at the Jordan’s Department of Antiquities and attended several activities by young children at the Southern Theatre. Syrian refugee children were part of the group of performers thanks to the generosity of UNICEF’s Makani – My Space initiative. This initiative has helped support children in Jordan.
Prince William spoke to several of the children and, alongside Crown Prince Hussein, was photographed by the young refugees who were taking part in a photography workshop. Their Royal Highnesses were also briefed on Makani services with the Royal Hashemite Court explaining that they provide “vulnerable children and youth with learning opportunities, life skills training and psychosocial support services.”