Traffic in central Tel Aviv stopped on Wednesday morning when Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Netta Barzilai, Queen of Eurovision, went for a stroll on Rothschild Boulevard.
Yes, William’s five-day trip included far more weighty moments, including his tour of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, a visit with Israel’s top political leaders, a trip to the West Bank, and a somber visit to the Mount of Olives, where his great grandmother, Prince Alice of Battenberg (who was the great granddaughter of Queen Victoria) is buried. Yad Vashem recognizes Princess Alice as Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews in Athens during the Holocaust.
But possibly none was a picturesque as his stroll with Barzilai, who won the Eurovision contest in May with her song “Toy.”
Prince William, dressed casually in a lightweight summer blazer— it was really hot and really really humid — and Netta soon stopped for gazoz, a carbonated soft drink, at one of the kiosks dotting the tree-lined street.
Netta gave William a looper, the digital sound mixing tool that is a vitally important to her music. The prince laughed when he got it. “You haven’t heard me sing!” he said. “You wouldn’t want that!”
Kensington Palace later tweeted about the meet-and-greet, using Barzilai’s trademark greeting “kapara eleichem” as a hashtag.