Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Kate and William’s highlights from a colourful tour of Pakistan

The royal couple went to many locations that William’s mother had visited in the 1990s.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan (PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan (PA)

By Emma Bowden, PA, in Islamabad, Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a wide range of locations, cultures and occasions during their tour of Pakistan.

Despite needing to reschedule after a thunderstorm kept them in Lahore for an extra night, the royal couple visited several regions – from a glacier in the Hindu Kush to the bustling cities of Islamabad and Lahore.

Reminders of William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, began during their first engagement when a young girl at a government-run school said she was a “big fan” of the late princess.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247435418
Highlights of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to Pakistan

A meeting and lunch with former international cricketer Imran Khan, who is now Pakistan’s prime minister, was a highlight of Tuesday afternoon, before a speech by the duke at a reception later that evening kicked off their theme of the third day – climate change.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247435401
With Imran Khan (Andrew Parsons/PA)

William and Kate ventured to the Hindu Kush mountain range where they learned the affects of glacial melting.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247435419
Visiting the Chiatibo glacier in the Hindu Kush (Neil Hall/PA)

Later that day, while still in the Chitral region, the duke and duchess wore colourful hats during their visit to a traditional Kalash village.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247435402
With the Kalash people

The penultimate day of William and Kate’s tour was a turbulent one.

It began with the couple travelling to the vibrant city of Lahore, where the duke and duchess showed their sporting prowess during a game of cricket.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247302279
Kate goes out to bat (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Later, there were scenes that brought back memories of Diana as the royals were welcomed to the Badshahi Mosque.

Kate opted for a headscarf and traditional shalwar kameez as she walked barefoot through the religious site, before the couple travelled to a cancer facility twice visited by Diana in the 1990s.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247435411
The couple at the Badshahi Mosque (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The royal couple spoke with young patients at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, where Kate wore a plastic tiara for a tea party.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247337114
With seven-year-old cancer patient Wafia Remain (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

An attempt to leave to Lahore that afternoon saw the RAF Voyager carrying William, Kate and members of the media caught in a thunderstorm, leading to an unexpected night in the city.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247335719
The RAF Voyager aircraft (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But the duke and duchess took this in their stride and completed their last engagement of the tour at an army canine training centre.

bpanews_6617c2ea-5353-4a85-a1c5-19c07828dccc_embedded247439774
The Duchess of Cambridge with golden Labrador puppies Salto and Sky during a visit to the army canine centre in Islamabad (Chris Jackson/PA)

PA

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph