The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and wife Kate Middleton will soon pay an official visit to Pakistan. This will mark their first visit to the country. Kensington Palace has announced the dates from October 14 to October 18. The couple will embark on a 5-day journey with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. This comes after 13 years as Charles and Camilla, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwell toured the country back in 2006.
The Duke and Duchess are to visit Pakistan from October 14 to October 18. This announcement to visit Pakistan had come late in June. It is the royal's first trip to the country in more than a decade. The details of the tour are yet to be revealed. However, officials have stated that the royal couple is touted to meet top Pakistani leaders. They are also to attend various cultural events in the country.
Princess Diana had visited the country in the past back in 1996. She travelled to Islamabad across the scenic northern areas in Lahore. She was then welcomed by the cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, who is the country's current Prime Minister. Diana who was good acquaintances with Imran Khan had also attended the fundraising event of his Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital.
Britain is currently home to more than a million people of Pakistani origin. It is the largest Pakistani diaspora in Europe. The UK is currently Pakistan's third-largest source of foreign investment after China and the Netherlands, according to Britain's Department of International Trade. Both the countries conducted bilateral trade which was worth £4 billion in 2017. The Duke and Dutchess's last major tour was in Sweden and Norway back in January 2018. The Duke has undertaken trips solo to the Middle East, France, Africa and New Zealand since then.