The couple looked rested and happy as they stepped off a Royal Air Force jet at the Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan in Rawalpindi, which is near the capital Islamabad. They were met by Pakistani officials, along with Thomas Drew, the Britsih High Commissioner to Pakistan, and had a huge red carpet rolled out for their arrival.
Kate looked breathtaking, wearing a bespoke ombre turquoise Catherine Walker shalwar kameez, a traditional dress and trousers combination, and nude Rupert Sanderson pumps as the couple got off the plane. She wore her hair down, which allowed a glimpse of gorgeous earrings by Pakistani designer Zeen, also the maker of the clutch she carried. We previously saw the duchess wearing Zeen earrings at a preview event for the tour in London at the Aga Khan Centre on Oct. 2.
The Duchess of Cambridge's arrival look resembled an outfit Princess Diana wore during her time in Pakistan in 1996. While in Lahore, Diana stepped out to a mosque wearing a similarly-coloured shalwar kameez with buttons down its front.
The Duchess of Cambridge also bent down to greet two children, who brought her and William some flowers as they arrived. They then headed into the terminal and to their accommodations for the evening.
You can watch their arrival below:
The couple have an entourage of 14 people with them, including their private secretaries, communications secretary, four other communications team members, two assistant private secretaries, two program coordinators, a PA, an orderly and a hairdresser.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s five-day tour of Pakistan is being described as their “most complex” to date. It will see them travel more than 1,000 kilometres throughout the country, from Islamabad to the mountainous north, to the border city of Lahore.
The couple will spend much of their tour meeting with young people and children, and will also make climate change and the response to a warming world a large part of their engagements.
We can’t wait to see what they get up to!