British royal couple arrives in Chitral
CHITRAL (92 News) – British royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton has arrived in Chitral for visiting tourist places on Wednesday.
On the third day of their tour of Pakistan, the royal couple reached serene valley of Chitral on a helicopter while observing the famous and beautiful Hindu Kush mountain range.
The couple was gifted traditional caps and a book of photos commemorating the trip of Princess Diana, who visited the valley in 1991, upon arrival in a helicopter.
“Fantastic” the prince remarked as he sifted through the pages of the book. The residents also gifted an embroidered coat to Prince William and a shawl to Middleton.
They will also visit Broghil and Bombaret village and are also expected to stop by a settlement of the Kalash people to learn about their community, heritage and traditions.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit the tourist places. The royal couple, dressed in Pakistani colors, become center of attention for everyone in Chitral.
The royal couple is scheduled to visit Chiatibo Glacier to see devastating effects of climate change and witnessing the impact of flash flooding on local villages in Chitral valley. Later, the British prince and his wife will pay a visit to Kalash village.
It was also reported that if the security and weather would be normal then the British guests will also visit Dara Khyber, the fort.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit SOS Children’s Villages, Aitchison College and Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore tomorrow.
A day earlier, Prince William said that the United Kingdom and Pakistan share ‘unique bonds’ in a speech at the country’s national monument in Islamabad on Tuesday evening during a five-day visit with his wife Kate.
Prince William spoke of the warm welcome and delicious food they had experienced in Pakistan after arriving on Monday evening and visiting local school children and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The UK and Pakistan share unique bonds and so it will always be in our best interests for you to succeed,” William said at the event hosted by the British High Commission, adding that 1.5 million people living in the UK had Pakistani heritage and the UK was one of Pakistan’s top investors. “You can rely on us to keep playing an important role as a key partner and your friend.”
William also mentioned the looming challenge of climate change to Pakistan, as well as the importance of women having access to education, two themes of a trip which has been described by palace officials as the most complex the couple have undertaken due to security issues.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the hilltop monument in a rickshaw painted with the Pakistani and UK flags. Prince William wore a teal sherwani suit, a long dress coat worn over trousers, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by British designer Jenny Packham in deep green, the colour of Pakistan’s flag.
Earlier, the couple met Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former international cricket star who the prince played cricket with in London as a child, at his official residence.
William’s mother Princess Diana, a hugely popular figure in Pakistan, visited Pakistan several times in the 1990s and helped Khan raise money for a cancer hospital.
“While welcoming the royal couple, Prime Minister Imran Khan recalled the love and affection among the people of Pakistan for Princess Diana, because of her compassion as well as commitment to support charitable causes,” PM office said in a statement.
He had also brought up geopolitical issues such as India’s decision to revoke the autonomy of its portion of the disputed region of Kashmir in August and attempts to secure peace in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Earlier, British royal couple met students at an Islamabad Model College for Girls, discussing education with a group of older students and visiting the classrooms of younger students, admiring their drawings.
As they left, a group of girls sang one of Pakistan’s national songs and the couple greeted kindergartners who had lined up to chant ‘bye bye’.
While visiting the school a 14-year-old student told William she and other students were ‘big fans’ of Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997. “Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too,” he replied.
They then visited the Margalla Hills National Park on the edge of Islamabad, which is under threat from poaching, wildfires, invasive species and littering.
For the morning events, Kate wore a periwinkle blue silk shalwar kameez, the national outfit of Pakistan consisting of a loose tunic worn over trousers. Many on social media and in the fashion industry had been hoping she would don the outfit, which Princess Diana had worn during visits.
The designer, Maheen Khan, said on Twitter: “It is an honour to have been asked to create this outfit for the Duchess.”
The Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion choices, including a bright green tunic over white pants to meet with the Prime Minister, appeared to echo many of the colours and outfits worn by Diana.