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Prince William, Kate Middleton kick off royal tour of Pakistan

Prince William and Kate Middleton have wowed crowds during a royal visit to Pakistan where Wills made a sweet quip about his late mother, Princess Diana.


Prince William has made a sweet quip about Princess Diana while meeting schoolchildren in Pakistan on day one of an epic tour. See the stunning pics. royals

Prince William and Kate Middleton have wowed crowds during a royal visit to Pakistan where Wills made a sweet quip about his late mother, Princess Diana .

The trip will include poignant moments for Prince William, as his mother visited the country three times. The Duke of Cambridge knew Imran Khan, a former international cricketer turned Prime Minister, as a young boy.

The Princess was reported to have been in a relationship with him for two years up until her death and had travelled to meet his family in Pakistan.

Kate changes for a visit to meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at his official residence. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said that they want “the opportunity to meet as many Pakistanis as possible” and the engagements will involve schoolchildren, sports stars, cultural figures as well as politicians.

The royals received a warm welcome. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The duchess looked elegant in an aqua shalwar kameez — a traditional Pakistani outfit comprised of a long dress and trousers — by British designer Catherine Walker.

Kate’s combination was also highly reminiscent of the outfit Princess Diana wore when she visited Pakistan in 1996.

She wore a traditional blue outfit for her visit — just like Kate’s.

In their public announcement of the trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their visit will span more than 1,000km of the country.

Their five-day-tour will “largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today — a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation.”

The royal couple will be protected by a heightened security team. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Skirmishes along the India-Pakistan border had already been increasing since February, when a car bombing by a group aiming to claim Kashmir for Pakistan killed 40 Indian security personnel.

A statement released by Kensington Palace earlier this month said: “This is the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistic and security considerations.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on Friday: “This is a goodwill visit, and they want to promote good relations between Pakistan, England and our new generation.”

The visit has already provided a boost to Pakistan’s retail industry.

“(It’s) time for Pakistani designers and the country’s fashion industry to brace for the ‘Kate Effect’.”

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