William, Kate arrive for Pakistan tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Naughty Boy during a special event hosted by the Aga Khan ahead of their official visit to Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a special event hosted by the Aga Khan ahead of their official visit to Pakistan Credit PA

A guard of honour was presented to Prince William and Kate Middleton as they reached Pakistan.

The royal couple are expected to meet leaders from government and well-known cultural figures and sporting stars, as well as visiting communities responding to climate change.

He told the prince that when he chose to become a professional cricketer, "I never realized how hard it was to eventually become one".

President Alvi - along with the first lady - accorded a warm welcome to the royal couple and lauded their endeavours to raise awareness about issues such as mental health.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a long pale blue variation of the shalwar kameez, a dress or tunic worn over pants, Pakistan's traditional national outfit that many on social media and in the fashion industry had hoped she would don during her visit. The couple's programme will pay respect to Britain's historic relationship with Pakistan, once part of colonial India, he said.

The visit was created to "endorse the importance of quality education" and "how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers", Daily Mail reported.

The outfit was designed by Catherine Walker, one of the royal family's go-to designers who was also a favorite of Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana. "You were, really? Oh that's very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too", the Duke of Cambridge, 37, replied, smiling.

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Details of the visit have been kept under tight secrecy, but the pair will meet the prime minister, former cricketer Imran Khan, and visit Lahore, as well as the north and west of the country.

He said the royal visit, the first in 13 years, would largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation.

Both Prince William and Prince Harry (plus their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) have paid tribute to Princess Diana on their various royal tours throughout the years, and we don't doubt that they will continue to do so.

"This visit is definitely going to help Pakistan build an image in the world, to see that this place is no more a security risk, this place is peaceful enough to host dignities like the royal couple", said Pakistan Government spokesman Iftikhar Durrani.

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