William, Kate pays memorable 5-day visit to Pakistan, gratitude to warm hospitality


ISLAMABAD: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton, paid their packed five day-long trip to Pakistan last week and visited a number of cities and historic places. On Thursday they visited the iconic Badshahi Mosque.

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The royals toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with religious leaders on promoting interfaith harmony. They also listened to the recitation of the Holy Quran.

The couple changed into formal attire for the visit to the mosque with William sporting a suit and tie and Middleton, who earlier in the day was seen in an embroidered white Pakistani ensemble, donning a green tunic, trousers and dupatta.

The Badshahi Moque located within the Walled City was also visited by William’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth when she was in the country with husband Prince Philip in 1961, and his mother Diana during her 1991 tour.

They also visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. William’s late mother, Diana, who was a friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan, visited Pakistan twice — 1996 and 1997 — to help raise awareness and funds for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

The duke and duchess arrived in Islamabad for their maiden visit to Pakistan on Monday night. He held meetings with President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and regarded their visit historic and memorable forever. They attended a special dinner reception hosted by British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad.

On the third day of their five-day trip, the royals paid a visit to Chitral district to observe the effect of climate change in the region.

During the visit, the couple flew to the Baroghil Valley National Park in the extreme north and the Bumburate Valley in the south where they mingled with the Kalasha community.

Upon reaching the Bumburate Valley, the couple was given a red-carpet reception by the Kalasha community — led by MPA Wazir Zada — from where they drove to a number of sites devastated by flash floods in 2015. The royal couple was told about the causes of the natural disasters in the region.