Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton in Pakistan
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Islamabad on Monday night and were received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his wife Mahreen Qureshi at the Nur Khan Airbase. British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew was also present on the occasion.
The couple — who are the first royals to officially visit Pakistan since Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the region in 2006 — were received by the premier at the Prime Minister House, where a lunch was hosted in honor of the guests.
William’s late mother, Diana, was a friend of the prime minister and visited Pakistan twice — 1996 and 1997 — to help raise awareness and funds for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.
Prior to meeting the prime minister, the couple was welcomed by President Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Arif at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The president commended the visiting officials for their endeavors to raise awareness about mental health, climate change, and poverty alleviation, said a press release by the president’s secretariat.
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 Pakistan’s government to combat climate change and to alleviate poverty, added the statement.