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    FOR INK AND COUNTRY Prince William is urged to get a TATTOO of a cross when he goes to Jerusalem this summer – after three of his ancestors did the same thing

    The Duke of Cambridge will be the first royal ever to make an official trip to Israel – but three of his ancestors visited the Holy Land during the Victorian era.
     
    And all three of the previous British princes to go to Jerusalem got an identical tattoo – prompting demands for Wills to follow suit.
    Handily, the tattoo parlour which the 19th-century princes used is still in business.
    William’s historic visit to Israel and Palestine is scheduled to take place over the summer.
    Research by Bicom, a think-tank researching Israel and the Middle East, shows he is following in the footsteps of Edward VII, George V and Prince Albert, the Duke of Clarence.
    Edward went to Jerusalem in 1862 when he was Prince of Wales, while his sons George and Albert followed 20 years later on a tour organised by Thomas Cook, founder of the travel agency.
    All three of them got an elaborate tattoo inked on their arm, showing the traditional “five crosses and three crowns of Jerusalem”, Bicom said.
    The tattoos were done by the Razzouk family, Christians from Egypt who specialise in services to pilgrims.
    The family still has a parlour in Jerusalem – meaning Wills could follow in the previous royals’ footsteps by returning to the same place.
    Bicom chief James Sorene told The Sun: “It’s no wonder that Israel is eagerly awaiting Prince William’s visit – the last official royal visit to the area was in 1882.
    “In the Middle Ages the royals fought in the crusades, in the 1800s princes came on a Thomas Cook package tour to explore, dine in style and get tattoos.
     
    “If the Duke of Cambridge wanted to carry on the tattoo tradition, the Jerusalem tattoo parlour used by his predecessors is still in business and available!”
    Kensington Palace refused to say whether or not Prince William is planning to get inked while he’s in Jerusalem.
    A spokesman said: “We have no further comment to make on the Duke’s upcoming visit.”

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