Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all set to arrive in Pakistan tonight. The Royal couple is expected to arrive around 9pm PST. Kate and Willaim will land in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. The couple will be here till October 18. The five-day visit, which will end on October 18, has been organised at the request of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
This will be the first royal tour to the country since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, travelled to Pakistan.
Welcome to #Pakistan.
Both of you are coming to Pakistan. It is a great honor for our country. #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam
Long Live #Britain
Long Live #Pakistan #RoyalVisitPakistan pic.twitter.com/vcVi1XGLFl— Nawab W Ejaz (@waqarejaz21) October 14, 2019
Taking to Twitter, British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew said it will be a "very exciting programme". "It will of course pay respect to the historical relationship between Britian and Pakistan. But it will focus largely on showcasing Pakistan as it is today: a dynamic, aspirational and forward looking nation," he said.
He added that the royal couple was looking forward to meeting as many Pakistanis as possible and building a lasting friendship with the people of Pakistan.
During their time in Pakistan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Islamabad, Lahore, the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and rugged border regions to the west, an official handout from Kensington Palace had stated. The visit will span over 1,000 kilometres, and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes, the handout said.
“Access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women is one of the UK’s top priorities in Pakistan,” it added.
Many took to Twitter to express their excitement and soon, #RoyalVisitPakistan started trending on Twitter.
Pakistan’s state-owned broadcaster has relased a report on #RoyalVisitPakistan— Sarah Daud Janjua (@SarahDJanjua) October 13, 2019
They are indeed landing at night at 9:30PM, will get a red-carpet welcome with guard-of-honor at the airport.
Will be accompanied by security and medical staff, but no kids.https://t.co/lLKmQvnoOo
As #Pakistan gears up for the #RoyalVisitPakistan I feel the need to share some pictures of this amazing country where we were met with warmth everywhere we went @ukinpakistan @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/hfcaL0HJMi— Helen O'Connor (@HelenOC_DFID) October 12, 2019
In 1990s, Prince William’s mother Princess Diana visited Pakistan to participate in a fund-raising event for a cancer hospital built by the now PM Imran Khan, adding Pakistanis still fondly remember Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997.