Prince Charles has made an emotional pilgrimage to the resting place of his paternal grandmother in Israel.
In a poignant move, he took a bouquet of regal purple flowers from the home that once belonged to his maternal grandmother to leave them at the grave of his paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece.
He brought the stems from the gardens of Birkhall in Scotland,which was once the home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, as he paid tribute to Prince Philip’s late mother.
Her remains were laid to rest in a mausoleum at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene above the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in 1988.
It was the first time that Charles, 67, had been able to make the visit to her final resting place. He was in Jerusalem last Friday for the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who died at age 93 last Wednesday.
Princess Alice was initially buried at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in the U.K. after her death in 1969. But she had expressed a wish to lie near her aunt Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia, who was murdered by the revolutionaries and declared a Russian Orthodox saint, and she was re-interred in 1988.
The prince also placed flowers at the Grand Duchess’s grave.
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Charles’s office at Clarence House posted a series of pictures of the visit on their social media pages, saying he had paid a private visit to the grave of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
Charles was very close to his other grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who died in 2002. He and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, now live in her old London home, Clarence House, as well as her Scottish retreat Birkhall.