Islamabad: Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton on Tuesday met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi as they began their visit to, described as the “most complex” royal trip to date.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were received by Khan at the PM House, where a lunch was hosted for the guests.
Prior to meeting, the couple was received by President Alvi and his wife Samina Arif at Aiwan-i-Sadr.
The president commended the royal couple for their endeavours to raise awareness about mental health, climate change and poverty alleviation.
The Duke of Cambridge thanked the president for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his entourage. The royal couple appreciated the initiatives undertaken by the Pakistan government to combat climate change and to alleviate poverty.
UK media gushes over Duchess’ Salwar-Kameez
The UK media on Tuesday was splashed with images of Kate Middleton’s traditional wardrobe choice for her maiden official tour of Pakistan with husband Prince William. The 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge was praised for evoking memories of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana with her choice of kurtas, similar to ones worn by Diana during her last visit to Pakistan in 1997 months before she was killed in a tragic car accident in Paris. This visit marks the first visit to Pakistan by members of the British royal family since 2006. During a visit to a girls’ school in Islamabad, Kate chose a royal blue salwar-kameez by Pakistani designer Maher Khan and matched it with a dupatta.