LAHORE: The 37-year-old British Prince, William, and his wife, Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth Middleton, known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively, arrived in Islamabad on Monday night.
Along with their three children, the couple are visiting on an official tour, which is expected to renovate Pakistan’s international image a great deal. The trip is the first of its kind undertaken by any member of the British royal family to Pakistan in 13 years.
In 2006, William’s father Charles (the Prince of Wales) and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, had travelled to Pakistan to visit the areas devastated by the October 8, 2005 earthquake.
During her 1996 tour, Lady Diana had made a private two-day visit to Lahore to see her friend and incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan, and his then-wife, Jemima Goldsmith.
In May 1997, Diana made what would be her final visit to Pakistan, officially opening the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital with Imran Khan. The Princess visited the hospital and remained with the patients.
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.