William and Kate preparing for first official visit to Pakistan

Brenda Watkins
October 14, 2019

Speaking ahead of the latest royal visit, British envoy Thomas Drew said Prince William and Kate's visit would showcase Pakistan as "a forward-looking country".

During their time in Pakistan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Islamabad, Lahore, Gilgit-Baltistan and rugged border regions to the west.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Pakistan's capital on Monday (Oct 14), beginning a five-day visit that will focus on boosting ties and addressing challenges such as climate change.

Charles' and Camilla's 2006 trip was tainted when they were forced to pull out of a visit to Peshawar over safety concerns after the military launched an airstrike on a religious school that killed 80 people.

More than 1,000 police officials will secure the couple as they travel across the country in what Kensington Palace described as their most complex visit ever undertaken.

Prince William and Kate arrived at the Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan on Monday for the start of their five-day tour of the country, with the royal mom stepping off the plane in an aqua blue bespoke dress and matching trousers.

In 2006, William's father Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, had travelled to Pakistan to visit the areas devastated by the October 8, 2005 natural disaster.

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Analysts have long warned that Pakistan is not yet getting to the root causes of extremism, however, and militants retain the ability to carry out attacks, including in urban areas. "Diana wore that look multiple times in Pakistan and I think she has on occasion looked to Diana for inspiration, while being careful not to copy her".

The visiting couple was given guard of honour on their arrival at the Noor Khan Airbase.

"The visit will also provide a much-needed boost to Pakistan's global image at a time when it is under fire from the worldwide community to crack down against terrorist financing".

It was the Princess' second visit to Pakistan, where she had been invited by Imran Khan to help raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. "We are happy that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now coming", Qureshi said.

Britain ended its colonial rule over the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and divided it into two nations, India and Pakistan.

He added that the royal couple was looking forward to meeting as many Pakistanis as possible and building a lasting friendship with the people of Pakistan.

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