The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking engagements in Lahore for Day 4 of their Pakistan tour. The couple flew from Islamabad this morning, before being ferried to their first stop at SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan, a private social welfare program supporting orphaned and abandoned children.
Day Three of the Pakistan tour took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge into the Hindu Kush mountains. Their engagements included a visit to the Chiatibo Glacier, a tour of local villages in the Chitral valley, and a stop by a Kalash village. The mountain range spreads across northern Pakistan, and into Afghanistan and China in the west and east. So, a marked change of pace for the royal party after yesterday’s festivities in Islamabad.
In early September last year, at that point married for less than four months, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the WellChild awards, an organization of which Harry has been patron for over a decade. He noted in his remarks that it was his honor to be joined by his wife for the first time. The appearance also sparked the first serious whispering that Meghan might be pregnant, a rumor finally confirmed that October.
Well, we’ve come full circle, because the Sussexes attended the same event last night and Harry noted in his remarks that the couple had indeed found out that they were expecting Baby Archie shortly before their 2018 attendance. The memory of it briefly moved Harry to tears while he delivered his speech, unsurprising given that the organization is focused on supporting caretakers of seriously ill children.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening attended a reception held at Pakistan’s National Monument to celebrate their official visit. They made quite splash right out of the gate by arriving in a rickshaw – a tuk tuk – and then upped the ante even further by both debuting quite the fashion moment.
This afternoon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the couple’s visit, the work of Diana, Princess of Wales, and cricket…among other topics. The meeting took place in central Islamabad.
Day Two saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge championing higher education for women and girls in Islamabad. The two visited a girls’ school and joined a classroom of students where they had the opportunity to witness the curriculum in action. It’s always fun to see these two interacting with kids – and it’s clearly when Kate is most at ease – and today was no different. I’ve included a few videos captured by royal reporter Rebecca English below.
A day late and a dollar short…but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s five-day visit to Pakistan is officially underway. The couple touched down yesterday evening, their travel reportedly having been scheduled around their ability to drop off Prince George and Princess Charlotte at school on Monday morning.
The Duchess of Cambridge made a “surprise” appearance at the Natural History Museum’s Angela Marmont Centre today to learn more about its efforts to protect UK wildlife. In this engagement’s case, it was clearly tipped to royal reporters ahead of time under embargo…which was then broken. Thank you, Twitter.
Let’s catch up on some odds and ends from the last couple of days. For starters, Thursday is World Mental Health Day, an event commemorated by the Cambridges and the Duke of Sussex for the last couple of years. This year, the one-time “fab four” have reunited to lend their voices to a PSA promoting the initiative “Every Mind Matters” directed by Richard Curtis.
The rebellion of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham in the autumn of 1483 is perplexing because it’s impossible to nail down a motivation for it. Arguably no one was better rewarded by Richard’s assumption of power and Buckingham positioned himself as an Earl of Warwick-type figure in the second and third quarters of 1483 – in other words, a kingmaker. His fall from grace was remarkably self-inflicted and a confusing wrinkle in the study of Richard III. So, let’s dig in, but first, if you missed Part Thirteen, you can catch up here and I recommend reading through this timeline of 1483 for some context if you haven’t already.