The first official state visit by a member of the British Royal Family to Israel highlights the unprecedented level of cooperation between the Jewish state and the United Kingdom, British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey told Arutz Sheva Thursday.

"This will be the first official visit by a senior member of the Royal Family to Israel, and it is going to be a great opportunity to showcase just how much we're doing together, between the UK and Israel, these days, whether it is in science, technology, trade or investment, and in security cooperation, we're doing better than we've ever done before."

Earlier on Thursday, Britain’s embassy in Tel Aviv announced that Prince William had scheduled a state visit to Israel and Jordan for this summer, the first official visit by a member of the British Royal Family to Israel ever.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed the announcement, calling the upcoming visit "historic."

"We welcome the announcement on the arrival of Prince William to Israel. This is a historic visit, the first of its kind, and it will be greeted here with great affection."

"I have instructed the Foreign Ministry director general to coordinate the preparations ahead of the visit in order to ensure its success," the Prime Minister said.

In 2017, Prince Charles, Prince William’s father, had planned a state visit to Israel, but later cancelled.

Members of the British Royal Family have made private trips to Israel in the past, including a visit by Prince Charles to his grandmother’s grave on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.