Why Queen Elizabeth II Has Never Visited This One Country

As the leader of the British monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II (learn why Jacqueline Kennedy felt no relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) has traveled to many places around the world over the course of her 67-year-and-counting reign. But there’s one location on the globe she’s never seen.

That place is — drumroll, please — Israel. 

According to The Telegraph per Reader’s Digest, Queen Elizabeth II has never visited Israel because of “never-ending tensions in the region” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In fact, it’s supposedly a long-standing tradition of hers to avoid the country. However, it’s not up to her where she can and cannot visit. The government in the U.K. determines where she can go taking into account safety concerns. 

Her grandson, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who is second in the line of succession, became the first senior member of the royal family to make an official visit to Israel in 2018. He also visited Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Here Prince William is arriving in Israel.

And here he is posing for a photo op at the Mount of Olives.

Prince William Mount of Olives
Prince William. | Robin Nunn-Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II’s most visited country

While Queen Elizabeth II has never been to Israel, there are other destinations she’s visited pretty regularly considering her busy schedule. Her first official visit happened in 1952 when she traveled to Kenya and since then she’s visited upwards of 120 countries. 

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Queen Elizabeth II in Canada. | CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images

She’s visited Canada 27 times — the most visits she’s made to any country — and traveled to Australia 16 times in her capacity as queen. Maybe she has a fondness for Canadian maple syrup, the color red (she’s known to favor bright colors), and the kind nature citizens of the country are known for. 

Why Queen Elizabeth II won’t go to Greece

In addition to Israel, Queen Elizabeth II refuses to visit the popular vacation spot, Greece. Experts say the reason has to do with the Duke of Edinburgh’s connection to the Mediterranean country. Prince Philip was born in Greece, which Queen Elizabeth II coincidentally visited as a child. But she hasn’t been back since becoming the leader of the British monarch. 

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Balmoral. | Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage

Experts believe Prince Philip’s history with Greece — his family fled the country when he was an infant — is the reason why she hasn’t gone back. Royal historian, Hugo Vickers, told the BBC he believes Prince Philip “doesn’t like Greece because they put his father [Prince Andrew] on trial, and he might have been executed.”

Where Queen Elizabeth II is ‘most happy’

There’s one place in the world Queen Elizabeth II where she’s the “most happy,” according to Reader’s Digest Canada

Balmoral
Balmoral Castle. | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

In the 2016 documentary, Our Queen At Ninety, her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie of York said, “Granny is the most happy there,” referring to Queen Elizabeth II’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland where she spends her summers.