The Jewish trace of the new king of England, Charles III
Rav Snowman circumcised other members of the British nobility and the royal family, and the princess was reportedly very pleased with the rabbi’s work. The Royal Family’s tradition of hiring Jewish mohels to circumcise their sons dates back to the time of Queen Victoria. However, this fine tradition was reportedly abandoned in 1982 after the birth of Prince William because his mother Diana, Princess of Wales disapproved.
Rabbi Snowman’s brother, Emmanuel Snowman, was married into the Wartski family of jewelers and for generations has provided jewelry to royalty, including Welsh gold wedding rings for Prince Charles and Camila Parker-Bowles
Prince Charles became King Charles III when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, September 8. There will be a coronation in a few weeks, but it will only be to ratify his government.
Meanwhile, the uncircumcised Prince William does not automatically become the Prince of Wales, and it will be up to the new king to grant him the title.
The grandmother of King Charles III, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who lived in Greece, was one of the Righteous Among the Nations. In 1943, the German army occupied Athens and rounded up the small group of Greek Jews who had not yet been deported to Auschwitz. The princess hid the Jewish widow Rachel Cohen and two of her five children from the Gestapo.
Prince Charles, who visited her grave in Jerusalem in January 2020, said she was a source of “immense pride” for him and the royal family.
The visit to his grandmother’s grave was part of Prince Charles’ official visit to Israel to join many other world leaders in the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Prince Charles’ office issued a statement saying the January trip “will be the first time the Prince will undertake a program of engagement in Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories.
Prince Charles also visited Israel for the funerals of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and Shimon Peres in 2016.
On December 6, 2019, Prince Charles delivered a speech entitled The Special and Precious Bond between the Jewish Community and the Crown at a reception at Buckingham Palace. He said, “In every walk of life, in every field of endeavor, our nation could not have had more generous citizens or more loyal friends.