Kate Middleton shares emotions about Pakistan tour in Instagram posts

LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has taken to Instagram to write her deep emotions about the recent tour she undertook in Pakistan.

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In her first Instagram post for Kensington Palace’s official account, the Duchess detailed the surreal experience she had while interacting with the children of the SOS village — a charitable organisation responsible for looking after the welfare of orphaned children.

She wrote, “The community at the SOS Village is built around family – and the best possible family you could imagine – where everyone comes together to nurture, love and protect the children in their care. These vulnerable children, many who have come through traumatic circumstances, are nurtured in this caring environment and are able to form these quality relationships that they so desperately need to thrive. — Catherine.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the stunning mountains of Northern Pakistan, where the stark effects of climate change and global warming are having a profound impact on the communities that call the region home. At a glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range, situated in the Chitral District of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province, The Duke and Duchess walked around the northern tip of the glacier, and saw how it has retreated in recent years as a result of global warming. Nearby, in the centre of Chitral, isolated communities have suffered from severe flash flooding in recent years as a result of glaciers melting. The Duke and Duchess saw buildings and farmland destroyed in the sever floods of 2015, a stark demonstration of the risks posed by glacial melting. In Bumburet The Duke and Duchess saw drills conducted by volunteers from the local Emergency Response and Search & Rescue teams, which through community education and early warning work, were instrumental in preventing loss of life in 2015. There, they heard from local people affected by the floods, and how they are adapting their ways of life in response to flooding and other challenges posted by climate change. The Duke and Duchess hope their visit to Northern Pakistan will shine a light on the very real consequences of global warming, and its devastating effects on our planet. 📷 Kensington Palace / PA #RoyalVisitPakistan #Pakistan

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During their five-day official trip to Pakistan, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited a number of places where they witnessed the diverse culture and splendor of the country.

The royal couple was left mesmerised as they toured Pakistan’s cultural capital Lahore and the scenic valley of Kalash in Chitral and attended multiple social events including spending time with kids battling cancer at the Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

“It was fantastic to meet these people living in such a remote place. They were so hospitable, offering William and me a cup of tea,” she wrote about her meeting with people of Chitral.

“It was a very special moment. They had no idea who we were, which gave us a chance to see a different side of Pakistan.”

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On the first full day of their visit to Pakistan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first engagements in Islamabad championed the importance of quality education, and highlighted how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers. At Islamabad Model College for Girls, The Duke and Duchess heard how students are benefiting from the ‘Teach for Pakistan’ programme. @TeachforPakistan is a fast-track training programme modelled on the successful @TeachFirstUK scheme, which is focused on improving the quality of teaching in schools which serve families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Carrying on the theme of education, The Duke and Duchess visited the Margalla Hills, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas. There, they joined children from four local schools for activities taking part in activities designed to educate young people on environmental protection and wildlife conservation. This included helping the children identify and remove species of plants that are threatening the natural environment, bird watching, and storytelling on local environment issues. 📷 Kensington Palace #RoyalVisitPakistan #Pakistan

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