Dubai: ‘Thank you Pakistan,’ posted Kensington Palace on its official twitter account after the Britain’s royal couple completed their five-day maiden visit to Pakistan.
The official twitter account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also wrote ‘Shukria Pakistan’ in Urdu along with the flags of Pakistan and UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate, had a packed schedule going across Pakistan from October 14 to 18.
The Kensington Palace twitter account also shared videos showing glimpses of the royal couple’s visit.
One of the videos show the Duke and Duchess on a colouful rickshaw, while visiting the Badshahi mosque and meeting children at schools and meeting cancer patients at Imran Khan’s Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Cancer Hospital. Their visits also included witnessing climate change affects, interacting with people and meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan.
It was the first royal visit from Britain in 13 years. The last one was by Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who spent five days in Pakistan in 2006.
The British High Commission, in a statement announcing the completion of the royal visit, said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their five-day visit to Pakistan today. ... During their trip the Duke and Duchess have seen the many sides of the modern, aspirational, dynamic Pakistan — from the vibrant, leafy Islamabad to the cultural capital Lahore, from the fragile to the remote communities in the mountainous north.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before their departure also visited Army Canine Centre, which breeds and trains Arms and Explosive Search (AES) dogs to assist in the discovery of explosive devices.
“The Duke and Duchess joined UK and Pakistani expert dog handlers as they trained dogs to find explosive materials by scent. They also took some of the puppies through their paces on an agility training course,” the British High Commission statement said.
In an interview with CNN, Kate described the visit as “fantastic”. She said: “We’ve seen a lot of Pakistan, a huge variety. It was amazing seeing some of the geography, but then to see the communities like this has been really special.”