Dubai: Duchess of Cambridge Kate won over hearts of Pakistanis wearing a traditional Pakistani outfit called Shalwar Kameez or salwar kameez during her trip to the country.
She has frequently been changing her outfits wearing designs from famous fashion houses in vibrant colours and the Pakistanis are giving her looks lots of social media love as well. Netizens are sharing her photos on various social media platforms while regional newspapers printed front page photos of the royal couple.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a five-day visit to Pakistan.
Imran hosted a reception for them at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad. The British royal couple Prince William and Kate also met Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Tuesday as part of their ongoing tour of the country.
The royal couple were greeted by Prime Minister Imran at his official residence and met President Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr (president house), according to media reports in Pakistan.
Prince William thanked President Alvi for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his entourage.
They appreciated the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to combat climate change and to alleviate poverty.
Over the course of the visit, Prince William and wife Kate will meet a wide variety of people, including children and young people, leaders from government, business and the charity sector, inspiring conservationists, and well-known cultural figures and sports stars.
President of Pakistan Alvi commended the visiting dignitaries for their endeavors to raise awareness about mental health, climate change, and poverty alleviation, said a press release from the president’s secretariat.
Kate's Shalwar Kameez collection
Since their arrival in Pakistan on Monday night, Duchess of Cambridge Kate has become the centre of attention due to her attire. The duchess looked elegant in an aqua-coloured shalwar kameez - a traditional Pakistani outfit comprised of a flared 'kurti' (a long top) and trousers by British designer Catherine Walker.
It echoed many of the outfits worn in the country by William's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and was a respectful nod to traditions in the Muslim country.
For the meeting with President Alvi and Prime Minister Imran, the Duchess opted for white trousers by designer Maheen Khan paired with a bright green tunic by Catherine Walker. Green and white are also colours of the Pakistani flag.
She accessorised the dress with a scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Zeen.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prince William and Kate started the first full day of their tour of Pakistan by visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls.
The Model College for Girls is a government-run school for the disadvantaged four to 18-year-olds, benefiting from the Teach for Pakistan programme based on the UK’s Teach First scheme.
Kate arrived at the college dressed in a royal blue kurta with trousers and a dupatta (scarf) by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.
Later, William and Kate visited Margalla Hills National Park in Islamabad to set a leopard camera trap with children.
The royal couple touched down at the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew, officials from the Foreign Office and top government officials cordially received them at the red carpet.
A guard of honour was presented to Prince William and Kate as they reached Pakistan. The royal couple will visit along with their three children on an official tour, which is expected to repair Pakistan’s international image a great deal.
Royal couple’s trip detials
The trip was the first of its kind undertaken by any member of the British royal family to Pakistan in 13 years.
The Royal couple will travel to Lahore on October 16 whereupon they would tour SOS Children’s Village, Aitchison College, Imran Khan’s Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Badshahi Mosque, Minar-e-Pakistan, and National Cricket Academy.
On October 17, William and Kate will head to Chitral in the North of Pakistan where they are expected to interact with the locals and visit the Khyber Fort before they head back to the federal capital at night.
Then, on October 18, their last day of the five-day visit, the royal couple are set to visit the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad before their departure in the afternoon.
According to a handout from Kensington Palace, the British royal couple will visit Islamabad, Lahore, Gilgit-Baltistan and rugged border regions to the west. The visit will span over 1,000 kilometres, and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes, the handout said.