Thursday, 14 November, 2019

William and Kate arrive in Pakistan for five-day visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Naughty Boy during a special event hosted by the Aga Khan ahead of their official visit to Pakistan The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a special event hosted by the Aga Khan ahead of their official visit to Pakistan Credit PA
Travis Berry | 16 October, 2019, 01:40

Kate Middleton and Prince William finally landed at the Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan last night, and all eyes were on Kate as she set foot out in a Catherine Walker ensemble, looking every bit as elegant as an English Rose.

The couple launched their five-day tour of the deeply patriarchal South Asian country by signalling their support for women's education with a visit to a girls school in Islamabad. Two children made sure William knew they were "big fans" of his mother Princess Diana, who actually visited the school three times during the 1990s.

The duchess then switched into a spring green tunic by Catherine Walker, white pants by Maheen Khan, a dark green patterned scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Pakistani brand Zeen for a lunch with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met President Alvi and First Lady Samina Alvi today, later they attended a luncheon organized by PM Khan at the Prime Minister House.

The tour, which wraps up on Friday, seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United Kingdom and Pakistan.

"This visit is definitely going to help Pakistan build an image in the world, to see that this place is no more a security risk, this place is peaceful enough to host dignities like the royal couple", said Pakistan Government spokesman Iftikhar Durrani. Upwards of 1,000 police will be deployed in Pakistan, which many are referring to as a "ring of steel".

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Khan's office later said the prime minister's meeting with the royal couple was held in a "warm and cordial atmosphere". Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more royal updates.

According to a handout from Kensington Palace, the British royal couple will visit Islamabad, Lahore, Gilgit-Baltistan and rugged border regions to the west.

William and Kate's visit is the first royal tour to the country in 13 years. They will also visit programmes aiming to empower young people and learn how communities are adapting to climate change.

Former global cricketer Imran Khan was a friend of Diana, Princess of Wales - who visited a cancer hospital in Lahore as a guest of him and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith, in May 1997, just three months before her death.

Details of engagements are being released each day due to security concerns, the palace added. Instead of wearing heels, Diana gave her look a comfortable spin and paired her suit with silver ballet flats.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, interacts with a student at a school on a visit to Islamabad, Pakistan October 15, 2019.

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