Royalty and Circumcision
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Queen Victoria, convinced that the British royal family was decended from King David, had her male offspring circumcised. This tradition continued through Edward VII, the Duke of Windsor, and Charles, the current Prince of Wales, who was circumcised by a well-known physician and Windsor, mohel, Dr. Jacob Snowman. This tradition of British royalty has now ended, however. The young princes William and Henry are "intact," in keeping with current fashion. Currently, newborn circumcision is not a benefit covered by the British health service.
Crown Prince Charles Circumcised by a London Mohel
London (JTA)-Crown Prince Charles, son of Princess Elizabeth and heir to the British throne, was circumcised in Buckingham Palace by Rabbi Jacob Snowman, official Mohel of the London Jewish community.
The permanent appearance change of the circumcised male has served as a mark, in different cultures, of different meanings. In the British Royal Family it is the mark of royalty, in the Jewish tradition, the mark of a covenant between man and God ( Genesis Ch 16).