Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit iconic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

LAHORE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend a busy day in Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore on Thursday, attending multiple events in the city.

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For her visit to Lahore, Kate donned a white Gul Ahmed shalwar kameez and a shawl by Maheem Khan.

She accessorised her ensemble with a clutch from Mulberry, shoes by Gianvito Rossi and earrings by Asprey.

Upon their arrival in Lahore, Prince William and Kate Middleton met with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, before proceeding to a charity function.

Punjab Chief Minister Buzdar during the meeting said Pakistan and UK were moving ahead together in journey of progress and prosperity.

The visit will further strengthen bilateral ties between Pakistan and United Kingdom, CM added.

After their formal meeting with the Punjab chief minister and governor, the royal couple travelled to SOS Children Village where they meet orphaned children.

Sos is a charitable organisation in the heart of Lahore established in 1977. The Village, which is attached to a school, provides a home and family structure to over 150 young girls and boys and promotes the development of children.

The Duke and Duchess next visited the National Cricket Academy, where they were welcomed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and other officials.

William and Kate met met several international cricketers including Hasan Ali, Azhar Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sana Mir, Urooj Mumtaz, Ayesha Zafar and Waqar Younis. Younis served as an umpire during the match.

 

Prince William and Kate next arrived at Lahore’s iconic Mughal-era Badshahi Mosque, where they attended an event on Religious Tolerance.

For the mosque visit, Kate dressed in another Maheen Khan ensemble.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles visited Badshahi Mosque in 2006.

The last engagement for the royals in the city is a visit to Shaukat Khanum Hospital built by Prime Minister Imran Khan in memory of his late mother who died from cancer in 1985.

In 1996, the late Princess Diana visited the hospital accompanied by PM Imran and his former wife, Jemima Goldsmith, a close friend of the royal.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton, on the third day of their five-day trip, visited the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountain range to witness the effects of climate change — one of the vital aspects of focus of their visit.

Read: PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE MIDDLETON VISIT KALASH VALLEY TO STUDY CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS 

Earlier on Wednesday, the royals arrived in Chitral, where they were gifted traditional hats and a book of photos commemorating the trip of William’s mother, Diana, who visited the valley in 1991.

The duke and duchess arrived in Pakistan on Monday night on their maiden visit. Their second day was a busy one, which kicked-off with a visit to a girl’s college in the capital and then Margalla Hills, where they attended an event regarding environmental protection. The couple was hosted by President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Aiwan-i-Sadr and Prime Minister House, respectively.

Read: ROYAL VISIT: PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE MIDDLETON MEET PRESIDENT ALVI, PM KHAN

In the evening, they attended a star-studded reception, hosted by British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew, at the National Monument where William, in his first official address, paid tribute to all the people who “endured sacrifice and helped build Pakistan to the country it is today”.

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