Truly traditional: William, Kate take rickshaw ride to National Monument

Published: October 15, 2019
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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to attend a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to attend a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived on Tuesday evening at a reception held at the Pakistan National Monument in Islamabad by a traditional auto rickshaw.

William was seen wearing traditional attire, a sherwani, for the first time since his arrival while Kate wore a green gown.

In pictures: Day 1 of William, Kate’s royal visit to Pakistan

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“Rounding off the first day of the #RoyalVisitPakistan with a reception hosted by @TomDrewUK at the Pakistan Monument in  Islamabad,” UK High Commission in Pakistan’s Twitter account said in a statement. “Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delighted to meet personalities from cultural, sports and political walks of life.”

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In his keynote speech, Prince William highlighted the relationship between the UK and Pakistan – and also referred to when his grandmother the Queen visited more than fifty years ago.

“Stood here with this magnificent monument behind me, I am struck by the great strides Pakistan has made since its birth seventy-two years ago,” DailyMail quoted the Duke of Cambridge as saying.

“’The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, The Queen, first visited over half a century ago. Looking out, one would have seen the beginnings of a city under construction, yet to become the great capital that it is today.

“And with successive visits by my mother and my father, this view has continued to change, with the city constantly growing and with it my family’s affection for Pakistan.”

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Prominent personalities including designers HSY and Maheen Khan, attended the event.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan on a five-day tour on Monday.

Part of the day’s activities also included a visit to Islamabad Model College for Girls, and Margalla Hills to attend an event regarding environmental protection.

Photos by Reuters

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