Prince William and Kate arrive in Pakistan for five-day visit
LONDON (92 News) – The royal couple – Prince William and Kate Middleton – reached Pakistan on a five-day official trip on Monday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed at Nur Khan Airbase. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the royal couple. Children presented the couple bouquets.
برطانوی شاہی مہمانوں کو پاکستان آمد پر خوش آمدید کہتے ہیں۔شہزادہ ولیم اور شہزادی کیٹ کا پاکستان آنا پرامن اور محفوظ پاکستان کی روشن دلیل ہے۔شاہی جوڑے کی آمد سے پاکستان اور برطانیہ کے مابین دیرینہ تاریخی تعلقات مزید مستحکم ہوں گے۔
— Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) October 14, 2019
In a tweet, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said welcomed the royal guests on their arrival in Pakistan. “The arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton is a clear proof of a peaceful and safe Pakistan. Their arrival will further strengthen the long and historic relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom,” she said.
“The couple would like to see the breadth and depth of the country from the leafy capital here in Islamabad to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside of the north and the rugged border regions of the west,” the British High Commissioner said in a video on his official Twitter account.
“They’re looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the people of Pakistan. I know they will get a very warm welcome,” he added.
The couple will hold meetings with President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. They will also attend a dinner at PM House.
The royal couple will visit a school, college in F-7 sector and they will attend the ceremony of a private institution. The British guests will also be part of a special event on the Pakistan Monument.
On October 16, Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit SOS Children’s Villages, Aitchison College and Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore.
The British royal couple will leave for Chitral on October 17 and meet with the locals. It was also reported that if the security and weather would be normal then the British guests will also visit Dara Khyber, the fort. The British royal couple will depart for home from Nur Khan Airbase on October 18 at 1pm.
The visit comes 13 years after Charles and Camilla — the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwell — toured the country in 2006.
Pakistan still remembers the late Princess Diana’s visit in 1996.
The five-day visit comes as Britain seeks to reinvigorate its foreign relationships with Brexit looming, while Pakistan works to repair its global image to boost tourism and investment.
It will be the first visit to Pakistan by members of the British royal family in more than a decade, after royal heir Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in 2006.
William and Kate arrive on Monday on a trip that will include the mountainous north, the capital Islamabad and the city of Lahore, with a focus on climate change, access to education and security.
“This is a goodwill visit, and they want to promote good relations between Pakistan, England and our new generation,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters.