By Stacey Leasca
October 04, 2019
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may get a lot of attention for both their personal and official travels, but we can’t forget that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are frequent flyers too.

In an Instagram post shared earlier this week, William and Kate expressed their excitement about their upcoming official tour to Pakistan.

“Less than two weeks to go until #RoyalVisitPakistan!,” the couple exclaimed in the caption written in both English and Arabic. In the post, the couple can be seen in deep conversation with The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

“Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined His Highness The Aga Khan for a special event at the Aga Khan Centre, ahead of their official visit to Pakistan later this month,” the Instagram caption continued. “Organized in co-operation with the High Commission of Pakistan, today’s event showcased modern Pakistani culture, and saw The Duke and Duchess meet a range of people from Pakistan, including community leaders, those involved in British and Pakistani business, and key figures within the Diaspora community, including musicians, chefs, and artists.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make their journey to Pakistan from Oct. 14 to 18. According to Harper’s Baazar, the couple’s trip will include engagements covering conservation, national security matters, arts and culture, women’s empowerment, and youth issues in the nation.

"The Duke and Duchess have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Pakistanis as possible," royal spokesman Christian Jones shared in a statement during a palace briefing. "Over the course of the visit, Their Royal Highnesses 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."

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chat with English stand-up comedian Shazia Murza during a visit to the Aga Khan Centre in London on October 2, 2019.
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While the couple won’t be bringing along their three children for the trip they will be bringing a 14-person staff to ensure the trip runs smoothly. The team will include their private secretaries, communications professionals, several assistants, and a privately funded hairstylist for Kate.

A palace spokesperson called the tour the couple’s “most complex tour” to date, “given the logistical and security considerations,” according to People.

However, the couple is keen to keep the focus on all the beauty Pakistan has to offer, rather than on their staff.

“It will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today — a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation,” the palace noted. “From the modern leafy capital Islamabad, to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West, the visit will span over 1000 kilometers [620 miles], and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes.”

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