The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed last night at Rawalpindi’s Nur Khan Airbase to begin their royal tour of Pakistan.
Shortly after arriving, the royal couple shared a behind-the-scenes photo of themselves disembarking the plane, which they posted on the official Kensington Royal Instagram account. In the photo, Prince William and Kate are seen walking down the steps of the aircraft to an awaiting crowd of photographers.
William and Kate, were met by Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his wife as they disembarked from their RAF Voyager aircraft.
A statement from Kensington Palace, ahead of the visit, said the couple ‘will get the chance to meet a range of people from Pakistan, including charity members, community leaders and young children.’ The palace also said it will be ‘the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations.’ While their schedules are usually outlined beforehand, tight security around the tour means that William and Kate’s itinerary will be released day by day instead.
Kate looked stunning in a bespoke turquoise dress and trousers by British designer Catherine Walker, in the style of traditional dress – a shalwar kameez.
William and Kate are the first royals to visit Pakistan since the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s trip to the country in 2006. They are also following in the footsteps of William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who visited Pakistan in 1991 – on her first solo tour and again in 1996 and 1997. The couple are travelling without their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis, who have remained in London.