Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Pakistan: royals set to see the 'dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation'

The royal couple will travel over 1,000km in the country on their most 'complex' tour to date

epa07870942 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, Britain, 26 September 2019.  EPA/PETER POWELL
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to embark upon their official tour of Pakistan. The visit will take place between Monday, October 14 and Friday, October 18. It will be the couple's first official visit to the country.

Kensington Palace has described the visit as "the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date", but have said that the couple wants to "learn more about the challenges and opportunities [in Pakistan], both of the past and today."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit programmes which empower young people ... access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women is one of the UK's top priorities in Pakistan

"As with previous overseas visits, The Duke and Duchess have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Pakistanis as possible," Kensington Palace stressed.

"Over the course of the visit, Their Royal Highnesses 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 sporting stars."

Their schedule in the country "will pay respect to the historical relationship between Britain and Pakistan, it will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation."

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk with Prince Karim Aga Khan IV as they visit the Aga Khan Centre in London on October 2, 2019. / AFP / POOL / Jeff Spicer
Ahead of their visit to Pakistan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Centre in Kings Cross, London. AFP

It has been announced that their visit will span over 1,000 kilometres, ranging from the capital, Islamabad, stopping off in Lahore and the western border regions, with a visit to the countryside in the north of the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "will visit programmes which empower young people, and organisations that help ensure they have the best possible start in life.

"Access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women is one of the UK’s top priorities in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to spending time meeting young Pakistanis, and hearing more about their aspirations for the future."

The visit will see the couple visit communities affected by climate change, and they are also expected to "spend time understanding the complex security picture in Pakistan."