After the morning’s itinerary – and a costume change – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two more engagements to a mosque and a children’s hospital. The second carries some significance in that it’s the same children’s hospital visited by William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when she was in Pakistan in 1996.
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.
Well. Where to begin? For those who have missed the last 24 hours, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter sent by Meghan to her father this past February. I’ve avoided mentioning the ongoing Markle family drama since the wedding, but it was a thing and yet another installment in Mr. Markle’s public lamenting that his daughter has cut off contact.
The suit itself is even more dramatic because it was accompanied by an emotional statement from Harry calling out British tabloids for their recent negative coverage of his wife and comparing her treatment to that which his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales received. The statement was made public on a new landing site, Sussex Official, and you can read it here.