ISLAMABAD: Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are attending a reception at the Pakistan National Monument in Islamabad.
The royal couple arrived at the venue in style in a rickshaw decked out in traditional truck art.
William was seen wearing traditional attire for the first time since his arrival — a teal sherwani by Naushemian — while Kate wore a green Jenny Packham gown, with O’nitaa earrings sourced from Pakistan, according to Daily Mail Royal Correspondent Rebecca English.
Many prominent personalities are in attendance at the event, including Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Wasim and Shaniera Akram, designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin of the HSY clothing brand, cricketer Mohammad Hafeez, actresses Mahira Khan, Hareem Farooq and Mehwish Hayat, and singer Atif Aslam.
The National Monument is all lit up, providing a beautiful backdrop for the setting of the reception.
Earlier today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday as part of their ongoing tour of the country.
The royal couple were greeted by PM Imran at his residence and met President Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
For the meeting with President Alvi and PM Imran, Kate Middleton opted for white trousers by Maheen Khan paired with a bright green tunic by Catherine Walker.
She accessorised the dress with a scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Zeen.
Earlier today, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on the first full day of their tour of Pakistan on Tuesday by visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls.
The Model College for Girls is a government-run school for disadvantaged from four to 18-year-olds, benefiting from the Teach for Pakistan programme based on the UK’s Teach First scheme.
Kate arrived at the college dressed in a royal blue classic kurta with trousers and dupatta by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.
Later Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Margalla Hills National Park to set a leopard camera trap with children.
William and Kate are about to set a leopard camera trap with children in Margallah Hills National Park in Islamabad in the foothills of the Himalayas. There are two families of leopards here apparently. Not too close, I hope. pic.twitter.com/uwlBjE5xCw
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) October 15, 2019
The Duke and Duchess will also meet President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan and later attend a reception hosted by British High Commissioner Thomas Drew.
The children’s princess. She’s so happy when she’s surrounded by little ones 😍
The Duchess of Cambridge at the Islamabad Model college for girls.#RoyalVisitPakistan
📸: @ianvogler pic.twitter.com/3lSumd11FQ
— Isa (@isaguor) October 15, 2019
Prince William and Kate arrived in Pakistan late Monday evening on a five-day visit to the country.
Kate & William pose outside the Islamabad Model School for Girls, a Government-run school, which educates students between the ages of 4 and 18, was established in 1978. pic.twitter.com/KzxYoXinvq
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 15, 2019
The royal couple landed at the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew, officials from the Foreign Office, and top government officials cordially received them at the red carpet.
A guard of honour was presented to Prince William and Kate Middleton as they reached Pakistan. The royal couple will visit along with their three children on an official tour, which is expected to renovate Pakistan’s international image a great deal.
The trip was the first of its kind undertaken by any member of the British royal family to Pakistan in 13 years.
Over the course of the visit, Prince William and wife Kate Middleton 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.