LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan in the autumn at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said on Saturday.
The office added that further details of the visit will be provided in due course.
🇵🇰 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Further details will be advised in due course. pic.twitter.com/z8M1hnpfWS
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 29, 2019
Prince William and Kate’s arrival will mark the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Pakistan since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall traveled to Pakistan.
Previously, the Queen visited in 1961 and 1997, and Princess Diana traveled there on a solo trip in 1991.
The announcement was welcomed by Pakistan’s high commissioner in London. Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Mohammad Nafees Zakaria said, “the Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the Royal Visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year.”
The people of Pakistan “still cherish and fondly recall” the visits by the Queen and described the upcoming trip as a “reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. The two countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further,” he added.