Royal Visit Pakistan – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Turned the Historical visit into Iconic

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
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Earlier this month when Kensington Palace released some details about the Royal visit Pakistan, the tour was described as the “The most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations”.

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At the end of the 5-days long visit to the commonwealth country, the tour has not only been a successful visit but it also puts both Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Pakistan in a new light.

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William and Catherine wanted to largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation. The visit highlighted many important issues i.e. Climate changes, Mental Health, Education, Security while strengthening the UK-Pakistan relationship. Duke and Duchess did not put a single foot wrong throughout the most high-profile visit they have ever undertaken.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan. Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a Catherine Walker Suit
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After receiving an official welcome at the Rawalpindi Airbase, they partied with school children, met Prime Minister and President, saw the effects of eroding glacier, played cricket, visited iconic Badshahi Mosque, retraced the footsteps of Diana Princess of Wales at the Shaukat Khanum hospital,  and did not miss an opportunity to cuddle puppies before leaving.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Pakistan's National Cricket Academy
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The complex tour had its fair share of difficulties. on Thursday night when William and Catherine were travelling back to Islamabad after a day full of engagements in Lahore, the RAF Voyager carrying the royal couple, their staff and security and UK Press Pack was struck by lightning and due to bad weather conditions was not able to land in Islamabad forcing all on board to spend an unplanned night in Lahore.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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Planning a royal tour is a long and tedious process. From Itinerary to security, arrival to departure, venue to activity, fashion to photography, society to diplomacy every single element needs detail attention. It has been reported in past that whenever William and Catherine embark on a tour their team first visit the places noticing all the crucial details i.e. security, activities of the engagement, photograph angles, sartorial diplomacy.  From the success of Cambridge tours, it is clear that the royal couple is equally involved in planning the tours.

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So when the royal couple and their team was forced to face unavoidable circumstances on Thursday, they took it in their stride showing the confidence and calmness and made sure the situation does not undermine the tour and its purpose. It made to the headlines but without shadowing the tour or eclipsing its success. The press pack travelling with the royal couple has praised the couple during the situation immensely. Talking about Sky news reporter  wrote,

We were heading home. I was curled up in my aeroplane seat, eye mask on, earplugs in, when I heard the giggling. Lifting my eye mask, I found Prince William and Kate standing next to my seat. They’d come to the back of the plane to say hello to us again and caught most of us fast asleep.

It was the third time they had made the effort to come back and chat. It may not sound like a big deal, but it doesn’t usually happen on royal tours – and if it does, members of the family have never spent that long with us.

A small gesture, but one that set the tone for their trip to Pakistan. A chance for us to really find out what they had wanted to achieve on their most complex tour to date.

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The royal couple ensured the press team and their security staff gets the comfortable arrangements while spending an unplanned night at a 4-start Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore. Instead of causing any stirring headlines, the royal couple turned the events into their favour and took the opportunity to spend more time with orphan children at the SOS village in Lahore that they visited earlier in the day.

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Kids at SOS gifted some special souvenirs – Catherine received a pink bracelet and William a blue about which he said, “I won’t take it off. My children will wonder why I’m wearing it.” The visit also made another first, after returning back home, Duchess of Cambridge made her first-ever social media post. She posted pictures from their second visit to SOS on official Instagram and Twitter accounts of Kensington Palace.

“The community at the SOS Village is built around family – and the best possible family you could imagine – where everyone comes together to nurture, love and protect the children in their care” Catherine posted.

“These vulnerable children, many who have come through traumatic circumstances, are nurtured in this caring environment and are able to form these quality relationships that they so desperately need to thrive.” — The Duchess of Cambridge

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During their second visit to the SOS Village, a home and family structure to over 150 young girls and boys in Lahore, William and Catherine joined kids for some fun activities.

Duchess of Cambridge posted on Social Media about Royal Visit Pakistan
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Dressed up in £70 bespoke white Elan Kurta and white trouser, Catherine arts and history graduate took part in a drawing session.

Duchess of Cambridge posted on Social Media about Royal Visit Pakistan
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The visit gave them an opportunity to know more about the village and its facility on a personal level. The couple was relaxed and joking with the kids and staff.

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Only Duchess can play cricket while wearing heels.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Pakistani Prime minister and president
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The tour, that took place after 13 years of last royal visit to Pakistan,  presented the rising profile of William and Catherine who one day will the King and Queen of the United Kingdom and its 13 realms. Rhiannon continued,

Tours are an ideal chance to observe how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing to shape their working lives together. Prince William’s tour of the Middle East last summer had shown him to be an increasingly statesmanlike figure, and Pakistan was another example of how he’s really coming into his own on the diplomatic stage.

couple of years ago, he was criticised for being workshy and not knuckling down to his royal duties. He now seems to be more confident and clear on how he wants to use his royal role. Kate also seemed more at ease on this trip.

As a woman who’s married into this life, she has a difficult balancing act. Doing her duties in a way that are authentic and suit her personality, with the enormous expectations of a worldwide audience who watch her every move.

A husband and wife who came across as a tight working partnership.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had tea with a family in Hindu Kush Hut in Pakistan
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Another interesting engagement during the visit was reported late. Duke and Duchess had an impromptu tea with a family that they met on the roadside while visiting the Hindu-Kush regions. The couple entered the one-room home in Lahore only accompanied by the translator despite the security concerns that were looming over their heads throughout the visit. Daily Mail reported,

When it comes to jam-packed Royal tours, meticulous scheduling, planned months in advance, is everything. But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ripped up the timetable for their high-profile Pakistan tour – to visit the home of a family they met by the side of the road.

Kate and William spotted the villagers as the Royal convoy was threading its way through the remote Wakhan region as they travelled back from visiting a glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Enthralled, the Duchess asked the car they were travelling in to stop so she and William could meet the villagers – and one family promptly invited them to visit their home, a simple hut.

Despite raised eyebrows from aides and the Pakistani military, who have been helping to guard Kate and William during the tour, the pair entered the one-room home, accompanied only by a translator.

Inside, the family explained to the couple how they live without running water and electricity and are confined to their home for half of the year due to snow and freezing temperatures.

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Kensington Palace via Mirror – Photograph clicked by Duchess at the Hut

The Duchess – a keen photographer who has taken many official pictures of her children – then borrowed a Fujifilm camera from an aide to take pictures of the grandmother, mother and daughter.

Describing the encounter, the Duchess said: ‘It was fantastic to meet these people living in such a remote place. They were so hospitable, offering William and me a cup of tea. It was a very special moment. They had no idea who we were, which gave us a chance to see a different side of Pakistan. We really enjoyed the day in the mountains and meeting so many of the local people in the Kalash village, [it was] a real privilege to see a different way of life.’

And William paid tribute to his wife’s camera skills, highlighting their visit earlier on Wednesday to the Chiatibo glacier in Broghil National Park, northern Pakistan, to see the effects of climate change.

‘She likes taking lots of pictures,’ he said. ‘She does a few portraits, but mostly landscapes. When we went to see the glacier, she took some great photos up there.’

Sitting cross-legged on the bare floor, Kate helped children to paint a mural, saying: ‘I do lots of drawing at home with my children.’

And when one youngster mentioned England, Kate replied: ‘You’ll have to come and see us.’ The Duke then led the children in an impromptu game of cricket.

Kate had the children in giggles by feigning pain after being inadvertently hit on the neck with a foam ball by William, before the prince joked: ‘She’s my wife, so I can just about get away with it.’

The tour brought some rare gems. Duchess gave a small interview to the CNN during the tour. We have the only a handful of Catherine’s interview since she became the member of the royal family in 2010. Speaking to CNN, while Prince William was standing by her side, Duchess described the visit as “really special.”

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In a rare interview, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge told CNN exclusively that the royal tour of Pakistan with Prince William has been "really special." https://cnn.it/35IebAQ

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She said,

“It was amazing seeing some of the geographies yesterday, but then to see some of the community activities today has been really special.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception hosted by British High Commissioner to Pakistan during Pakistan visit
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A crucial factor playing an important role in the triumph of the visit was the sartorial details. Every single look Duchess and on some occasions Duke chose were paying respect to the host country where traditions and culture are valued highly. As wrote in her article,

The rapturous summaries of their every move were matched only by the rapturous summaries of their every garment. It’s been a while since clothes were employed quite so strategically and consistently to send an unspoken, but also unmistakable, message. The effect was refreshing.

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Their clothing choices showed how serious they are about the visit and how much its diplomatic success means to both the UK and Pakistan.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan. Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a Catherine Walker Suit
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Moment Duchess stepped out of RAF Voyager in Monday night, she showed she meant business. Whether it was Maheen Khan’s elegant and regal Green shalwar Kameez for Badshahi Mosque or Catherine Walker’s green coat for meeting Prime Minister or Chitral’s traditional cap or Jenny Packham’s glittering gown, Duchess nailed the style element from the get-go.

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Catherine and her stylist Natasha Archer Jackson worked hard and not $10 earrings were missed during the wardrobe planning for the visit. Catherine’s tour style included more than enough sartorial nodes with the colour green – that is Pakistan’s flag colour, traditional Shalwar Kameez, Local high-street designers mixed with British labels. The tour budget was amazingly low given the high profile of the visit.

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This time William joined Catherine in sartorial diplomacy and wore a traditional sherwani designer by Pakistani designer Naushemian to the reception hosted by the British High Commissioner. Their clothes made silent statements cross-border respect, cultural awareness and outreach. From Alexandra Shulman’s Daily Mail article,

In this, their ninth tour as a couple, the Duchess’s style also came of age. Sometimes the nods to national costume and motifs can scream ‘Disneyworld cliché’, but she wore the modest dress of the region as if it came naturally to her, rather than as a costume cooked up by an over-researched Kensington Palace stylist.

Ultimately real style is staying true to yourself while paying attention to the company you are going to keep. Kate achieved that brilliantly, with a simple palette of blue, white and green, teamed with her trusty nude shoes and clutch bags. And, of course, the ministrations of her faithful hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, who along with wielding the blowdryer to battle the humidity on those honey-toned locks, will have kept up a stream of jolly down-time chatter.

But our Duchess of Cambridge’s greatest accessory and the one that made all the difference was her smile. What a smile. Joyful and genuine.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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The attention given to the fashion brought these designers to the international limelight which was applauded by both the critics and the royal fashion world. Venessa continued,

Part of this, obviously, came from the boost given to local industry conferred by the Duke and Duchess, whose patronage can make national names known on the international stage. That’s always a welcome thing.

But a lot of it also indubitably comes from the fact that, after Melania Trump, whose intentions with her public clothing choices are often unclear; Ivanka Trump, who came under fire for wearing her own brand early in her father’s administration; and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, whose clothes sometimes seems to advance her own agenda above all, it has become an increasingly rare expression of soft power.

Fashion, when it is employed not simply at the service of making someone look good, or morally upright, can have resonance far beyond the ritual. It’s about time someone remembered.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
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By the time Friday rolled out, the challenging royal visit to Pakistan was declared a huge success from every angle despite the logistical details (and some natural) that caused cancellation of 3 engagements. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a perfect dose of diplomacy, friendship, royal grandeur, style and local aesthetic. William and Catherine carved their name in the history books in their own words.

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Day 5 of Royal Visit Pakistan – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded a very Successful Tour

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Day 5 of Royal visit Pakistan started with lots of uncertainty. Last night due to the adverse weather conditions the RAF Voyager carrying Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their staff and Royal press pack was not able to land in Islamabad after a day full of engagements in Lahore.

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The royal couple along with around 100 travellers of the voyager were forced to spend an unplanned night in Lahore causing a huge delay in the itinerary of Day 5. Finally, around 12:30 PM today Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Islamabad back. From Richard Palmer’s report,

William and Kate checked into the four-star Pearl Continental Hotel last night in the bustling Punjabi city along with a 15-strong entourage, a large team of Scotland Yard detectives, the crew of their RAF Voyager plane, and around 50 journalists covering their tour of Pakistan. Pakistani security forces provided a cordon around the hotel but royal aides asked the media to impose a blackout on their stay in the city because of safety concerns until the couple returned to Islamabad today.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend a night at a hotel in Lahore after flight delay

Rebecca English reported that William and Catherine spend a night at the Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore. British High Commissioner’s staff jumped to do some last minutes arrangement as the couple was not able to land in Islamabad. From her Daily Mail’s report,

William and Kate had to overnight in Lahore after a terrifying electrical storm forced their plane to abandon its landing in the Pakistani capital, it can be revealed today. With no sign of the weather improving, their pilot had to return to the city where they had spent the day on official engagements, and ground the plane for the night.

They landed in Islamabad just after midday, where they will stay for several hours before flying back home to join Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis.

British High Commission officials sprung into action last night to find the couple a hotel room, along with their entourage, security team and around fifty journalists – almost 100 rooms in all.

William and Kate waited for an hour at the airport before being whisked away in a convoy to stay at the nearby Pearl Continental Hotel, where they were taken in a private entrance straight to their rooms.

Meanwhile royal aides and diplomats hurriedly re-arranged the couple’s schedule, reluctantly cancelling an important visit to a Pakistani military post on the Afghan border and a helicopter flight over the famous Khyber pass, which hadn’t been been revealed in advance for security reasons.

Instead William and Kate undertook a private engagement in Lahore the following morning, surprising fellow hotel guests as they walked through the lobby to their waiting car.

The media have only been now been able to report the fact they they had stayed in Lahore overnight for security reasons. Royal officials wanted to ensure the couple safely made their way back to Islamabad first. They finally boarded their plane again just before noon and made the half hour journey back to the Pakistani capital.

The couple privately thanked their RAF pilots and praised royal aides and British High Commission officials for coming up with an emergency backup plan so quickly and with minimal fuss.

William, 37, also personally insisted that journalists travelling with himself and Kate, who were also on the flight, came with them to the hotel and were found a bed for the night. He even came down the plane to check that everyone was fine following the hair-raising flight.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Khyber Pass was cancelled during pakistan visit due to weather conditions

Today there were two engagements scheduled for the couple – a visit to Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre and a trip to the Khyber Pass on the border with Afghanistan. But due to the logistical problems caused by the delay the trip to Kyber Pass was cancelled. Another visit to Landi Kotl was also cancelled today. Continuing from Richard’s report,

The change in plans means that the royal couple have had to cancel plans to fly by helicopter to the Khyber Pass today where they were due to meet soldiers from the Khyber Rifles guarding the border with Afghanistan.

William and Kate wanted to show British support for Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts in tightening security around the once-porous border over which Osama bin Laden and many of his Al Qaeda fighters fled after US forced targeted them in late 2001 following the September 11 attacks in the United States.

The future King and Queen would have been taken to a point on the border overlooking Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains and caves in the White Mountains. Improved security has led to the round-the-clock opening of the Torkham border crossing and an easing of trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre is modelled on the UK’s Defence Animal Training Centre at Melton Mowbray.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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The UK has provided training and advice to the Pakistan Armed Forces for more than a decade and currently helps to breed and train dogs to identify explosives, by supporting the Pakistan Counter Improvised Explosive Device programme.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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Pakistan has faced waves of suicide bombings in the past 15 years as the country has battled militancy and extremism. Homemade bombs and suicide attacks have killed thousands. British troops are currently giving training and advice to Pakistan’s Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) programme, which in part breeds and trains bomb sniffer dogs.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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Duke and Duchess joined dog handlers for a training session before taking some of the puppies through an agility training activity. They fed and petted trainee bomb sniffer dogs.

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From Daily Mail,

William and Kate were accompanied by Golden Labrador puppies Sky and Salto as they walked around the facility, where British servicemen help their Pakistani counterparts train the animals to fight terrorism.

William also spoke of how important security ties with Pakistan were for the UK and said events in Pakistan had a direct effect on security on the streets of Britain.

‘The whole week we have been hearing about security in Pakistan and it’s really brought home to Catherine and I the importance of the relationship between the UK and Pakistan,’ he said. ‘We are involved with the Pakistanis for a very good reason, it will actually keep people safe back in the UK.’

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William and Catherine took golden Labrador puppies Sky and Salto for a walk.

Mother's day Portrait of Prince William, Catherine and Prince George in 2014
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We all know how much Catherine loves dogs. Lupo their English Cocker Spaniel is always counted as the family member of Cambridge household. For a long time, Lupo was the baby of the Cambridge couple.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit

During the engagement, Catherine spoke about the last night’s aircraft trouble.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to cancel a visit to Khyber Pass due to delayed flight

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Khyber Pass is a key strategic route between Pakistan and Afghanistan with a rich history. The royal couple was supposed to visit military post with dramatic views over the Hindu Kush and Tora Bora Mountains where they would have received a briefing by the Khyber Rifles on the region’s current security situation, highlighting improved relations with neighbouring Afghanistan which have resulted in the recent 24-hour opening of the Torkham border crossing to improve trade. The region once had been the hideout for Al Qaeda figurehead Osama Bin Laden.

 

After attending their only engagement of the day, William and Catherine headed to Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan, in Rawalpindi for a flight back to home.

 

During yesterday’s SOS Village visit, Duchess of Cambridge gave a special interview to Max Foster that will on-air soon.

Today’s video.

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Even after a night full of uncertainty, when Duchess of Cambridge stepped out today she was looking gorgeous in white Elan tunic. I believe the tunic was a spare piece that Duchess had brought with her to Lahore yesterday. Thanks to @Emma4AboutRoyal  and @thisandthatpk.

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Elan Embroidered Kurta

Elan is one of Pakistan’s leading designing house. @thisandthatpk confirmed that the piece is a bespoke creation of the label but will be available for purchase later in the year. The £70 tunic feature contrasting black embroidery on the bodice, sleeves and hemline.

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Catherine paired the tunic with a white straight trouser. The combination turned out to be a stunning one with a mix of traditional and modern style. I believe she was also carrying the same white scarf by Maheen Khan she carried yesterday.

Duchess of Cambridge wore J. Crew Lucie suede pumps in Lahore Pakistan
J. Crew Lucie suede pumps

Duchess wore her J. Crew Lucie suede pumps that she also wore yesterday in Lahore.

Smythson Black Panama East West Zip Tote
Smythson Black Panama East-West Zip Tote

Catherine was carrying her Smythson Black Panama East-West Zip Tote.

Duchess of Cambridge UFO Gold Fringe Earrings
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Duchess paired her look with still UFO Gold Filigree Earrings she debuted last month when she opened her Back to Nature Garden at RHS Wisley.

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For Army Canine Centre visit Catherine changed into another look. She wore a black Beulah London Papilio Jacket. Thanks to Monique Jessen for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Beulah London Papilio Jacket on the last day of Pakistan visit
Beulah London Papilio Jacket

The jacket is from the label’s Autumn Winter 2014 collection. so I believe it’s either a remake or Catherine had it in her wardrobe since 2014 and we saw it for the first time today.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre on the last day of Pakistan visit
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Catherine paired the jacket with a white tunic and white trouser she wore earlier that I believe is from Maheen Khan. She was also carrying a white scarf.

Russell & Bromley Xpresso Crossover Flat
Russell & Bromley Xpresso Crossover Flat

This time she paired the outfit with a new pair of Russell & Bromley Xpresso Crossover Flat. Thanks to Emma4AboutRoyal on Twitter for quick id.  The £195 pair is described as”Bring a touch of royalty to your wardrobe this season with Xpresso, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Designed in the softest black suede, these feature a delicately pointed toe and are finished with a chic crossover strap. Brighten up the boardroom and wear to work or pair with silk fabrics for a grown-up take on off-duty dressing.” Catherine also owns Russell & Bromley Xpresso Blush Suede Crossover Flat that she wore to visit Margalla Hills earlier this week.

With this, the royal visit to Pakistan ends. Thank you very much for bearing with me and the late updates on the blog. I don’t expect Catherine to have any engagement next week. I am going to share my thoughts on the logistics of the tour this weekend. Stay tuned.

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Duchess of Cambridge in Elegant Green for Badshahi Mosque Visit

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
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The Day 4 of Royal Visit Pakistan ended with two iconic visits. After visiting SOS Village and National Cricket Academy, Duke and Duchess had a quick outfit change and headed to Badshahi Mosque. They were received by Imam Abdul Kabir Azad and the Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin.

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The royal couple toured the iconic mosque and attended an inter-faith meeting to understand how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.

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Badshahi Mosque is the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City. The mosque is renown for the carved marble and elaborate plasterwork that are used throughout the mosque’s interior.

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Built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 the mosque is an important example of Mughal architecture, with an exterior that is decorated with carved red sandstone with marble inlay.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
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It remains the largest mosque of the Mughal-era and is the second-largest mosque in Pakistan.

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During the visit, William and Catherine were given a brief history of the building before they sat down for a Prayer from the Holy Quran in Arabic.

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The couple was joined by Sarfaraz Peters – the moderator of the Church of Pakistan and the Bishop of Peshawar, Azahar Ali Abidi – a Shi’a academic, Ramesh Singh – a member of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Dr Ramesh Kumar – Patron in Chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council and Dr Ayesha Leghari – a Suni Muslim scholar.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakista
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A beautiful picture of William and Catherine during the meeting. From Daily Mail’s report,

Dr Ayesha Leghari said afterwards that the couple had been ‘interested and empathetic listeners’, saying: ‘You have people who are interested listeners and people who are also empathetic and they were very empathetic. We were really pleased. They were very responsive and very charming.’

When they left they were told by Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin, ‘If there’s one word to describe your visit it is ‘joy.’ You have radiated joy wherever you have been .’ And the duke said, ‘We are very happy people.’

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
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The last stop of the day was a bit emotional moment for Prince William. They visited the famous Shaukat Khanum hospital – a state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of the city.

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William’s mother, Diana Princess of Wales, visited Pakistan on two occasions specifically for the hospital-  in 1996  to raise funds for the hospital and 1997 to inaugurate the hospital. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is Pakistan’s largest tertiary care cancer hospital.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanam Hospital in Pakistan
Shaukat Khanam Hospital

Built by Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and current Prime Minister Imran Khan,  the hospital came into life after his mother Mrs Shaukat Khanum succumbed to cancer in 1985. During his mother’s illness, he also witnessed the plight of poor cancer patients in Pakistan’s hospitals, and deeply felt the need for a specialized cancer centre in his country.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
Shaukat Khanum Hospital

At the hospital, the royal couple toured the children’s ward and spend time with patients undergoing treatment at the hospital and spoke to their families.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
Shaukat Khanum Hospital

In the children’s ward, the royal couple met Wafia Rehmani, a seven-year-old girl from over the border in Afghanistan, who has a kidney tumour. Wafia presented a matching toy tiara to the Duchess and hosted a toy tea party on her bed. Wafia wants to be a doctor. She showed William and Catherine her toy medical set.  From People’s report,

Her father calls her ‘princess,’ and she likes to wear a crown. Now she is looking forward to meeting a real princess,” her brother, Hedyatullah Rehmani, said as they waited for the couple to arrive at the children’s chemotherapy ward.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
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This tiara donned tea party actually beat all the dazzling tiaras of royal jewel vault. Catherine fulfilled the little girl’s wish and it was such a precious and emotional moment to see.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
Shaukat Khanum Hospital

Duke and Duchess also played with 5-year-old Muhammad Samir in the chemotherapy ward of the hospital. Samir is being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma. Prince William played with the little boy’s fishing game as the pair competed to hook fish.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore
Shaukat Khanum Hospital

Duke and Duchess talked to the patients family members.

When William’s mother Diana visited the children’s cancer hospital in Lahore in 1996 & 1997, she was shown around by Dr Aasim Yusuf who was also on duty today to show the royal couple around.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore

Dr Yusuf very generously shared some of the pictures from Lady Diana’s visit.  Continuing from People’s report,

Recalling Princess Diana’s visits, Yusuf said: “We were all struck by how friendly she was. How she was able to put everyone at ease. We were all very nervous about what we should say and what she would ask and how we should address her. The minute she came into the room, she lit up the room obviously and also she was just so friendly and down to earth. You could tell that she was genuinely interested in the people she was meeting.”

Now showing her son around made him feel “a lot older”, Yusuf joked. “It’s a great honor and a privilege for us to be welcoming Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge today. It’s a special honor that they have chosen to come and see our hospital again.”

Coming to Duchess’ second look of the day. I personally like her this look the most out of all the traditional looks she had donned so far during the Pakistan tour.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Maheen Khan turquoise and gold Shalwar Kameez to visit Badshahi Mosque in Lahore
Kensington Palace/Maheen Khan turquoise and gold Shalwar Kameez

Duchess wore a really elegant bespoke turquoise and gold French-Chiffon Shalwar Kameez and matching headscarf by Maheen Khan. Known as Pakistan’s Coco Chanel, Maheen Khan was discovered by Duchess’ stylist at O’Nitta in London who is the exclusive stockist of Pakistani’ designer in the UK.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Maheen Khan turquoise and gold Shalwar Kameez
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A closer look at the outfit. The Kameez features silk gold thread Swarth phulkari embroidery on its front and matching details on the sleeves and dupatta.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Maheen Khan Turquoise French chiffon with silk gold thread Swarth embroidery in Lahore
Maheen Khan Turquoise French chiffon with silk gold thread Swarth embroidery

Monique Jessen from People reported,

Walking barefoot into the Badshahi mosque in Lahore on Thursday with Prince William, Kate wore a handcrafted teal and gold outfit by local designer Maheen Khan, an off-the-rack piece purchased at O’nitaa, a boutique in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.

“It couldn’t be more perfect!” Onita Prasada, the store owner, tells PEOPLE. “The whole thing just frames her body so beautifully. I love the way she wore the scarf, and the silk gold thread edging just reflects off her face so beautifully.”

Made from French chiffon, the shalwar kameez is hand embroidered in gold-colored silk by the tribespeople of Swarth in Pakistan. Worn with a bespoke scarf, or dupatta as it is locally known, the designer made it especially for Kate, to exactly match the outfit purchased from O’nitaa.

“Normally this would take about three months to make because of all the intricate embroidery,” explains Prasada.

 

Duchess of Cambridge wore Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings
Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings

Catherine paired her look with Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakistan
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After the busy day in Lahore, William and Catherine along with their team and royal press pack were supposed to be in Islamabad by evening. But due to the adverse weather conditions, the pilot of the RAF Voyager could not land the aircraft even after two tries.  So the aircraft headed back to Lahore where the royals and company will be spending a night. About the incident the Telegraph reported,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their RAF Voyager plane diverted during the fourth day of their Pakistan tour as the flight was buffeted by an electrical storm.

The Royal couple and their entourage of aides, diplomats and press were jolted by heavy turbulence as the aircraft returned from a day in Lahore.

The pilot spent an hour circling the capital, Islamabad, and twice failed to land because of the storm.

A decision was eventually made to return to Lahore, where the couple had spent the day visiting a cricketing academy, historic mosque and cancer hospital.

Back on the tarmac in the city, the Duke walked through the plane to see if the press were fine and joked that he had been flying the plane. The duke is a former air ambulance pilot.

From Daily Mail about the incident:

‘The Duke’s immediate reaction was that nobody was being left behind, we were all in it together. He was adamant about that,’ a source said.

The mid-air drama occurred yesterday evening as their RAF Voyager plane attempted to land in the capital Islamabad.

In all the airbus was in the air for more than two hours in total, either circling or trying to land through the ‘serious storm’, with passengers describing the flight as a ‘rollercoaster’.

‘It’s the worse turbulence I have ever encountered,’ said one of the experience, which saw passengers lifted off their seats and others experience severe nausea.

William, who went to check on travelling media, made a reference to his time as an air ambulance pilot, joking: ‘I was flying!’

One passenger said it was a ‘pretty serious storm’, describing the flight as a ‘rollercoaster’.

Another said: ‘It was pretty hairy at times.

‘The plane was making large jerking movements as we tried to battle through the wind. It was a relief to land safely in Lahore.’

Lightening could be seen flashing violently around the right-side of the plane as the pilot did his best to land both at the main international airport in Islamabad and then the Pakistan Air Force Base Nur Khan, Rawalpindi.

But in the end he was forced to announce that the aircraft would be returning to its departure airport to refuel and allow senior High Commission staff, police and royal aides what step to take next.

After landing, William, who asked travelling media how the were feeling and even joked: ‘I was flying!’ The duke is a former air ambulance pilot.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been flying around Pakistan each day on the British Government’s official Voyager aircraft, courtesy of the Royal Air Force.

Tomorrow is the last day of the visit and so far we do not have any indication whether any engagement is scheduled for Friday or not. Duke and Duchess are scheduled to arrive back in the UK by afternoon.  I will leave you with this stunning picture of Catherine from Mosque visit.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Maheen Khan turquoise and gold Shalwar Kameez
Kensington Palace

 

 

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