Kate Middleton rocks an all white ensemble by Gul Ahmed in Lahore

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a host of sporting stars for Pakistan's national game of cricket, as they gamely try their hands as amateur batsmen.

Security is extremely tight for the trip, during which the couple is also set to visit Pakistan´s second-largest city Lahore, once the capital of the Mughal Empire, as well as the region near the border with Afghanistan in the west.

On Tuesday, they also visited the Islamabad Model College for Girls, where a group of students spoke of their admiration of William's later mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

His father, the Prince of Wales, went to the mosque with the Duchess of Cornwall on their royal tour in 2006.

After their arrival in Pakistan, they met with Pakistan's President Arif Alvi and Khan, who had lunch with them at his sprawling office.

There were cheers as the duke hit a six, while Kate was caught out twice after half a dozen balls on Thursday afternoon.

Kate's other fashion choices on the trip have also been in line with Princess Diana's attire in Pakistan; the Duchess of Cambridge's first ensemble, a Catherine Walker dress and trousers, was similar to an outfit Princess Diana wore in 1996, and her blue kurta yesterday echoed Princess Diana's 1997 look.

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Long before he was PM, Imran was a famous cricket player whose wife at the time, Jemima Khan, was very close with Di.

Princess Diana did a great deal of charity work in Lahore and throughout the rest of the country, and became well-known throughout Pakistan.

"Earlier this year, I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child". She made a trip in 1996 and then another just three months before she died in 1997.

He said: "You were, really?"

Anglo-Pakistani relations might be the main focus of the trip, but global issues like climate change, which William, in particular, about which he is vocal, is also dictating part of the agenda.

While in the Chitral valley, the couple are also due to explore a site damaged in severe floods in 2015, to meet the local community and hear how they are adapting their way of life in response to climate events. Nearby, in the centre of Chitral, isolated communities have suffered from severe flash flooding in recent years as a result of glaciers melting.

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