Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Pakistan tour starts in no time today. The five-day visit is being considered of great strategic and diplomatic performance all over the world. Amidst the security concerns and complexities, this tour is not like their other royal tours. While the major details of their trip are still unknown, the couple is likely to travel to Islamabad, the rough mountains in the North, and Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan. They would be covering around 1000kms for five days of their trip.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are the best choice for a sensitive trip
As mentioned earlier, the royal tour is sensitive in nature due to the security complexities. However, Prince William, who is considered an absolute statesman unlike his more candid and feisty brother prince Harry, is not new to such trips and situations. Prince William was the first British royal to visit Palestine and Israel. Needless to say, the tour was a success. According to the royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, ‘The forthcoming tour of Pakistan by William and Kate is a visit to a friendly Commonwealth country which is likely to enhance the belief that in an area where there are sensitive issues - the Cambridges are a perfect choice.’
The royal couple’s security is a major concern for the Pakistani government
Considering the image of Pakistan and the stature of the royal guests, their security is a major concern for the Pakistani government. According to the Kensington palace, more than 1000 policemen have been deployed for the security of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge. Along with the police, the military is also an important part of their security protocol. No details of their schedule will be revealed to the media except at the last minute. The goal is to secure the royals and repair the damaged image of Pakistan in the world. Pakistan has high hopes from their tour to show Pakistanis as a hard-working and forward-looking nation to the world.
It will be the first trip of any British royal since 2006 when Prince Charles and wife Camilla visited Pakistan. The first royal trip to Pakistan was made by Queen Elizabeth in 1961.
The Royal trip was announced in June
The Kensington Palace had announced the Cambridges’ upcoming tour to Pakistan in June with the statement.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Further details will be advised in due course.
Her Majesty The Queen visited Pakistan in 1961 and 1997, and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited in 2006.’
Their visit to Aga Khan Centre ahead of the royal tour was greatly appreciated
Ahead of their royal tour Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Aga Khan Centre in London to understand the country and its young people better. Even the prior visit gained positive publicity as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed a keen interest in Pakistani heritage and culture. Kate Middleton also revealed her love for curries and wore a modest green dress respecting Pakistani culture. They posted on their official Instagram account in Urdu as well as in English.
What all do they plan to visit?
Starting from Islamabad, Prince William and Kate Middleton will cover 1000 km in the country. They will be visiting and supporting the causes they support including the education of children, especially girls, and protecting the environment to counteract climate change. Pakistan and Britain have been key partners in many strategic issues. Hence, they will also meet the military professionals and understand the strategic challenges in Pakistan.
The trip will bring back the memories of Prince William’s mother Princess Diana
Princess Diana made her first solo royal tour to Pakistan in 1991. This was the time when she was going through troubles in her marriage. Going for a solo trip was not easy for her but she made it. Her tour gained great popularity. She made two private visits in 1996 and 1997 to Pakistan. She came to support Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital founded by Imran Khan who is now the Prime Minister of Pakistan. During this trip, Prince William and Kate Middleton intend to meet the Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi.
Are their children accompanying them?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have three children namely Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Like their parents, the children are also a favorite among the public and the press. The Cambridges are never shy of sharing their children’s special moments with the public through their social media. The couple would be traveling to Pakistan without their children.
Kate Middleton is excited for Pakistani food
Kate Middleton has often spoken about her love for curries as a cheat meal. She reinforced this during her cisit to Aga Khan Centre in London. The Duchess candidly revealed that it was hard to make curries at home because everyone in the home could not handle the spice heat. However, her daughter Princess Charlotte loved the spices. Prince William, however, is not to good with handling the ‘heat.’
What would Kate Middleton wear in Pakistan?
Prince William’s mother Princess Diana was also known for her close ties with the country. It is the royal tradition to support the local designers when visiting a country. Princess Diana had worn the designer Rizwan Beyg’s creations when she visited Pakistan. Although Kate Middleton wore a Pakistani designer’s earrings to her visit to Aga Khan Centre, it is still unknown whom she has chosen to wear during the trip. She was suggested to wear HSY by Susan Kelly of Whatpeoplewore.com. Although it is not confirmed, the designer was pleased with the suggestion and shared on his Instagram account.