Prince William and Kate mingle with Kalasha community, experience local culture

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2019

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.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now on day three of their packed Pakistan royal tour.

They flew by helicopter to the northern tip of the Chiatibo glacier, where a climate change expert explained how it was retreating.

An AFP reporter said Prince William listened eagerly as a local guide explained the steps to the dance performed by the Kalash for the royal couple.

A special cultural show, focused on the life in the Northern Areas, was also performed exclusively for the British royals.

For their final engagement of the day, William and Kate visited a settlement of the Kalash tribe, and joined children and young people from the tribe to learn how the Kalash co-exist with other communities in the region.

PHOTO:Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and William, Duke of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan, Oct. 16, 2019.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will also visit the historic Badshahi Mosque which was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1673. Diana made a solo visit to the country in 1991, followed by two humanitarian missions in 1996 and 1997. Princess Diana visits the Chitral Scouts during a trip to Pakistan in September 1991.

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This year has been a trying one for the British Royal Family, in particular for William and Harry, both of whom are leaning into their mother's legacy, both for the undoubted personal satisfaction from walking quite literally in her footsteps and the additional benefits of bolstering her popularity with a new generation.

A cap traditionally worn by Kalasha women was gifted to the duchess.

While William was spotted bonding with teenage girls over his late mother, Kate is giving subtle nods to the outfits Diana wore during her previous visits to the country.

Not only are their young people increasingly converting to Islam, but the modern world beckons for many eager to see beyond the valleys, where internet and mobile access can be patchy at best.

Upon arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a book containing photos of Princess Diana's trip to the area in 1991.

Residents of the region have been sounding the alarm over its melting glaciers, which caused devastating floods in 2015 that left thousands of families camping in the open just as another cold winter approached.

Kate seemed very touched by the welcome she was given by women in Bumburet!

Sky's royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills reports from the Hindu Kush Mountain range in Pakistan.

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