Prince William and Kate Middleton Share a Behind-the-scenes Photo of Their Tour of Pakistan
Prince William and Kate Middleton are on what experts call the “most complex” royal tour to date in Pakistan. While a lot of work may have gone into planning their tour behind the scenes, on the outside, it appears the royal couple is enjoying themselves to the fullest in the Middle Eastern nation.
"This is the most complex tour undertaken by (the duke and duchess) to date, given the logistical and security considerations," Kensington Palace said in a statement prior to the trip. "Pakistan hosts one of Britain’s largest overseas networks, with the British High Commission in Islamabad being one of the United Kingdom's largest diplomatic missions in the world."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan late Monday evening and were warmly greeted by officials. The duo was quickly whisked away to their hotel as the week ahead is packed with activities.
On Tuesday, the couple kicked off the tour with a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, who happens to also be an old friend of William’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Following the visit, Kate and William paid a visit to the Islamabad Model College for Girls. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the college is a government-run school specifically for disadvantaged 4- to 18-year-olds. The royal couple went as a way to highlight the importance of educational opportunities for all girls.
“On the first full day of their visit to Pakistan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first engagements in Islamabad championed the importance of quality education and highlighted how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers,” the couple shared on their official Instagram account, @KensingtonRoyal.
“At Islamabad Model College for Girls, The Duke and Duchess heard how students are benefiting from the ‘Teach for Pakistan’ program. @TeachforPakistan is a fast-track training program modeled on the successful @TeachFirstUK scheme, which is focused on improving the quality of teaching in schools which serve families from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
According to the Instagram post, the couple then went to visit the Margalla Hills, located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
“There, they joined children from four local schools for activities taking part in activities designed to educate young people on environmental protection and wildlife conservation,” the caption explained.
“This included helping the children identify and remove species of plants that are threatening the natural environment, bird watching, and storytelling on local environmental issues.”
These stops are just the beginning. As the palace explained, the trip will "pay respect to the historical relationship" between Britain and Pakistan and will "...largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation."