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AFP
June 26, 2018
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Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

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AFP
June 26, 2018

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AMMAN: Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan on Monday, accompanied by his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as part of a historic Middle East tour.

The two princes met children from Jordan and neighbouring war-torn Syria during their visit to the site, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Amman. The visit to Jordan by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy. William was also due to meet British troops based in the kingdom, before heading across the River Jordan to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The Duke of Cambridge and the heir to the Jordanian throne strolled along Jerash’s Colonnaded Street, a paved promenade lined with towering columns.

They also visited the Temple of Artemis, built on an elevated part of the site in honour of the goddess believed to protect the city, which was at its most prosperous in the third century. When they reached the ancient site’s theatre they were greeted by Syrian and Jordanian school children in traditional dress, who gave a performance including music and poetry. The show was organised by the Makany Centre, a UNESCO-backed programme providing health and education to both Syrian and Jordanian pupils.

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