Duchess Kate Middleton speaking in Urdu wins Pakistani hearts

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2019

A severe thunderstorm forced a plane carrying Kate Middleton and Prince William to abort a landing while flying in Pakistan on Thursday, reports say.

Pakistani authorities have deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary security forces for the protection of the visiting royal couple, who will return home Friday.

"The pilot circled for an hour but the lightening - and turbulence - was so bad we had to fly back", tweeted the Daily Mail's royal correspondent Rebecca English, who was on board the plane. Landed! But in Lahore. There was no immediate statement from Kensington Palace.

Royal Couple, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore.

The RAF Voyager plane carrying the royals, who are on a four-day official visit to Pakistan, tried to land twice, at Rawalpindi air base and Islamabad global, before it chose to return to Lahore. "The village we've seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined", she said.

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The also showed off their cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport as they laughed while batting and bowling at the National Cricket Academy in the bustling city.

In keeping with the mosque's tradition, Duchess Kate wore a stunning turquoise headscarf outlined with intricate gold embroidery with her shalwar kameez designed by Maheen Khan.

Throughout their historic trip, Pakistani newspapers have celebrated the way the royal couple have conducted their tour.

The couple have spent much of the trip promoting various causes, from girls' education to conservation and climate change awareness as they criss-crossed the country.

Kate and Williams attended a a star-studded dinner in their honour at the Pakistan Monument on Tuesday.

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