For their first joint international tour since they visited Cyprus last December, Prince William and Kate Middleton are spending five days in Pakistan, and on Monday night, the couple arrived in the former British colony on a Royal Air Force jet. At around 9:30 p.m. local time, the Cambridges landed at Nur Khan Airbase in Chakala, a Punjab suburb near Islamabad. Kate donned a light-blue bespoke dress by Catherine Walker (complete with an attached hood that she was not yet wearing), while William went more formal in a navy suit.
They were greeted by the country’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his wife. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has plenty of ties to the royal family, was not on hand to greet the couple, but he hosted the duke and duchess at PM House in Islamabad, yesterday. Khan has known William since he was a child, and Princess Diana visited Khan in the country twice before her death. Khan, a former international cricket star, was educated at Oxford University and was a good friend to Mark Shand, the late older brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Their trip is supposed to last until Friday. Due to security concerns, engagements will not be announced until the day of, but according to a palace statement two weeks ago, they will visit the capital city of Islamabad, Lahore, the western countryside, and the mountainous northern regions to focus on girls’ education, national security, arts and culture, business, and conservation.
Last week, Kate Middleton made headlines for a new, blonder hairstyle and a fashion-forward autumnal outfit on a visit to the Natural History Museum in London. The look came courtesy of Natasha Archer, her stylist and personal assistant who just returned from maternity leave. Archer is accompanying the couple on the trip to Pakistan.
The next day after the couple reached Pakistan, the duchess donned a traditional look; she wore a periwinkle blue classic kameez paired with a trouser and a two-toned chiffon scarf by designer Maheen Khan and looked every bit elegant.
Watch this space for more details on the royal visit.
– Courtesy: Vanity Fair