Category: Royal Tour: Pakistan

Photos & Roundup: October 18 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 5

CHANGE OF PLANS: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge completed the final day of their tour of Pakistan, but not according to plan. Upon their departure from Lahore William and Catherine as well as members of the press who were traveling with them were forced to return to Lahore due to inclement weather conditions. Because of this their visit to Kyhber Pass, on the border with Afghanistan, had to be cancelled. Instead, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to SOS Children’s Villages for another more private visit.

ARMY CANINE CENTRE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their tour of Pakistan at the Army Canine Centre. The Duke and Duchess walked puppies and toured the facility learning about the impact the dogs have made in the detection of explosives. The Duke and Duchess also spoke to the media while at the centre, speaking on their rerouted flight. The couple departed from Pakistan shortly after.

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Photos & Roundup: October 17 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 4

The Duke and Duchess traveled to Lahore for another jammed packed day of engagements.

BIRTHDAY PARTY: William and Catherine were greeted at the Lahore Airport by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and their families, before heading to the SOS Children’s Villages where they helped celebrate the birthdays of three of the children.

The SOS Children’s Village serves as a home for orphan and underprivileged children. Each Village consists of 15 house units, and each house unit can accommodate up to 10 children. The house is run by a ‘mother’ who looks after the children. The organization provides children with loving care, security, higher education and job-training.

The Duchess gave her first speech during the tour at the party, speaking in Urdu in her opening, the Duchess said: “Assalam O Alaikum,” she said. “Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria.” (Translation: “Hello. Peace be upon you. Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal, thank you for inviting us to your birthday celebration.)

Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles – you have reminded us exactly what family means. You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives.

Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters. Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined. Together as a village you are transforming children’s lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.

You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life. Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.”

NATIONAL CRICKET ACADEMY: Next, William and Catherine visited the National Cricket Academy where they both joined in on a match with children who are participating in the British Council’s DOSTI program. The DOSTI aims to create a difference by breaking social barriers and promoting community cohesion by making sports an integral part of the social life of youth in Karachi.

The Project facilitates youth development in select locations in Karachi by working through schools, local sports clubs, civil society partners and other stakeholders to engage both in-school and out of school youth in activities that promote intergroup understanding and interaction. The programme uses national and local resources as well as UK expertise to build capacity of partners and participants.

BADSHAHI MOSQUE: Then, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Badshahi Mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City. The couple toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders to learn how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.

TEA PARTY: William and Catherine’s last engagement today had a little extra meaning as they visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, a state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore. The couple visited the children’s ward of the hospital to spend time with patients undergoing treatment, and to speak to their families. In 1996 and 1997 William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales the facility. In the cutest moment of the tour The Duke and Duchess joined seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani for a tea party. Catherine donned a tiara and William “drank” from her little pink cup.

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Photos & Roundup: October 16 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 3

CLIMATE CHANGE: Day three of The Duke and Duchess’s tour of Pakistan focused on climate change and global warming and the effects that they are having on Northern Pakistan.

The Duke and Duchess started their day by visiting the mountains of Northern Pakistan, at a glacier in Broghil National Park. The Duke and Duchess walked around the northern tip of the glacier, and saw how it has retreated in recent years as a result of global warming.

Later, they visited isolated communities in the center of Chitral which have suffered from severe flash flooding in recent years as a result of the glaciers melting. William and Catherine saw buildings and farmland destroyed in the severe floods of 2015 and talked to locals who have been affected.

The Duke and Duchess also saw drills conducted by volunteers from the local Emergency Response and Search & Rescue teams, which through community education and early warning work, were instrumental in preventing loss of life in 2015.

KALESH VILLIAGE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a settlement of the Kalash people in Northern Pakistan to learn more about the Kalash Community and their unique heritage and traditions.

The Duke and Duchess joined children and young people from the tribe in the village square to hear how the Kalesh coexist alongside the other communities that call the region home.

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Photos & Roundup: October 15 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 2

MODEL COLLEGE: On the first full day of their royal visit to Pakistan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Model College for Girls in Islamabad to hear how students are benefiting from the ‘Teach for Pakistan’ program.

‘Teach for Pakistan’ recruits and trains graduates and young professionals for a two-year Fellowship to teach in low-income schools that lack quality teachers. After the Fellowship, graduates will use their experiences to help tackle Pakistan’s most pressing problems in education, fostering action to change policy and curriculum, mobilizing resources, turning around schools, and spurring social innovation.

This program is based off a similar program in the UK called ‘Teach First’, which also focuses on improving the quality of teaching in schools which serve families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

MARGALLA HILLS: For their second engagement of the day William and Catherine visited the Margalla Hills, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas.

There, they joined children from four local schools participating in the World Wildlife Fund Green Schools program, taking part in activities designed to educate young people on environmental protection and wildlife conservation. This included helping the children identify and remove species of plants that are threatening the natural environment, bird watching, and storytelling on local environment issues.

MEETINGS: Following a quick change of clothes, Their Royal Highnesses met with President and First Lady of Pakistan at the Presidential Palace. Afterwards, they met with Prime Minister Imran Khan for lunch.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was a former cricket player and friend of Prince William’s mother Princess Diana who was married to her good friend Jemima Khan, now Jemima Goldsmith. It’s reported that Diana would often take William and Harry, to play at the Goldsmith’s property in Richmond Park in south west London. Diana also supported PM Khan’s efforts to build a cancer center during her visits to the country.

EVENING RECEPTION: Arriving to the iconic Pakistan National Monument via a traditional rickshaw, Prince William stole the show wearing a traditional sherwani. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended their jam pakced first day with a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew celebrating the very best of Pakistani music and culture, as well as highlighting the prosperous UK-Pakistan relationship.

The Duke and Duchess met well-known individuals from business, the creative arts, the Pakistan music and film industry, and members of Government.

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Photos & Roundup: October 14 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 1

On October 14, 2019 The Duke and Duchess arrived to Rawalpindi, a city located just outside the capital city of Islamabad. The Duke and Duchess landed at 9:30 p.m. local time at Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan. William and Catherine were greeted by Britain’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew.

The Cambridge’s will spend five days in the country starting today and concluding October 18, 2019.

When the tour was announced High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, said: “The Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the royal visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year. The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of Her Majesty the Queen to Pakistan in 1961 and 1997. The upcoming royal visit is a reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. The two countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.”

Although the first full day of the tour will start tomorrow, the itinerary has been embargoed for security reasons. We do know The Duke and Duchess will focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today with it’s rich culture, diverse communities and beautiful landscapes.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet a wide variety of people, including children and young people, leaders from government, business and the charity sector, inspiring conservationists, and well-known cultural figures and sporting stars.

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