Phew! September and October are going to be busy months for the Royal Family! Just about two weeks after Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry finish their tour of southern Africa, Prince William and Duchess Kate will head to Pakistan.
On Sept. 20, Kensington Palace revealed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Pakistan from Oct. 14 to 18. Their tour will launch just 12 days after the wrap of the Sussexes’s visit to southern Africa. It also comes just a few days before Prince Charles heads to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony.
Kate and William’s visit to Pakistan is being made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Not much has been revealed about their tour plans yet, but we do know they will preface it with a visit to the Aga Khan Centre in London on Oct. 2. They will be hosted at that event by the current Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini. He is the grandson of Aga Khan III, the first president of the All-India Muslim League, who was born in what is now Pakistan.
William and Kate have not travelled on tour together since January 2018, when they visited Sweden and Norway while Kate was pregnant with Prince Louis. Last year, William travelled alone to the Middle East, France, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya, and also visited New Zealand this past April. While the couple travelled Cyprus in December 2018 to deliver Christmas presents to the 11 Squadron at RAF Akrontiri, it was not a tour engagement.
As mentioned, Harry and Meghan will travel to South Africa to begin their tour on Sept. 22 and it will kick off the next day in Cape Town. They’ll spend three days there before Harry makes solo visits to Botswana, Angola and Malawi and then returns to South Africa, where he will meet back up with Meghan and Archie in Johannesburg. The tour will wrap there on Oct. 2.
Meanwhile, Charles will travel to Japan from Oct. 22 to 23 for Naruhito’s celebration, which is akin to a coronation ceremony. In August, Clarence House said the visit would “include a day of engagements in Tokyo to celebrate British-Japanese connections.” Charles will travel alone and will not be accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall on the journey.