Prince Charles attended the installation of the 11th Chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth realms, a first for any member of the royal family.
When he was younger, the Prince of Wales had said that when he became King, he wanted to be “Defender of faiths” rather than “Defender of the Faith,” one of a monarch’s responsibilities as the “Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”
Charles wore his very own velvet blue Kippah, embroidered with the Prince of Wales’ feathers.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis thanked His Royal Highness for attending the ceremony, which marked Mirvis as the new leader of Britain’s Jewish community.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis commended Charles for his “generosity of spirit and the greatness of heart” that he has shown to all faiths, while remaining “steadfast and exemplary” in his own.
Back in June, Charles honored Lord Sacks, who was stepping down as Chief Rabbi after 22 years.
The heir joked to Lord Sacks’ about his retirement, ”I do hope yours is going to be a bit more realistic than mine!”
Prince Charles is next in line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, and then Prince George.