It’s not long now! Duchess Kate and Prince William are set to head on a five-day tour of Pakistan from Oct. 14 to 18. Now, they've revealed more about the places they’ll visit and what they hope to accomplish with their trip, which the Palace has called “the most complex tour” the couple have planned to date.
In a news release from their communications secretary, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say the couple will focus their visit on “showing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation.” The release mentions the couple plan to travel more than 1,000 kilometres of the country during their visit and take in “Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes.”
The Duke and Duchess have a high priority on early years with The Royal Foundation, and say they plan to visit “programmes which empower young people, and organisations that help ensure they have the best possible start in life.”
They also plan to highlight how Pakistan is coping with and adapting to climate change. Conservation is one of the Royal Family’s priorities, and Prince Harry made it a big part of his visits to Botswana and Malawi on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of southern Africa in late September and earlier this month.
William and Kate will also spend part of their tour “understanding the complex security picture in Pakistan” and will meet with military personnel who are working to improve safety in the country.
“As with previous overseas visits, The Duke and Duchess have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Pakistanis as possible,” the news release reads. “Over the course of the visit, 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.”
The duke and duchess previewed their tour with a special event at the Aga Khan Centre in London earlier this week. While there, they met with Shah Karim al-Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, along with British-Pakistani figures including 2017 MasterChef winner Dr. Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, boxer Haroon Khan and comedian Shazia Mirza. Kate dazzled in a beautiful outfit that showcased plenty of green (the main colour of Pakistan’s flag and a sacred colour in Islam) and showed off her huge respect for the country they’ll be visiting.
We can’t wait for their tour!