William and Kate meet school children in Pakistan

William and Kate meet school children in Pakistan

Their packed schedule today started with a stop at the Islamabad Model College for Girls, where they spoke with young students and heard about the Teach for Pakistan program, before going to Margalla Hills. Two children presented bouquets to the guests.

Princess Diana first set her sights on Pakistan when she happened to come across the prime minister, Benazir Bhutto in the royal box at Wimbledon.

According to local media reports, the royal couple will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi on October 15 and after meeting them, they will go to Lahore on October 16, arriving a day later in Chitral.

It comes as Britain seeks to reinvigorate its foreign relationships as the deadline looms for its departure from the European Union, while Pakistan works to fix its global image to boost tourism and investment.

The five-day visit is seen in Pakistan as an acknowledgment to the country's success in countering terrorism that plagued the country for decades.

The bash was very much part of the desire by William and Kate to have the opportunity "to meet as many Pakistanis as possible. including children and young people, leaders from government, business and the charity sector, inspiring conservationists, and well-known cultural figures and sporting stars", the couple's spokesman said.

The visit will span over 1000 km, from the capital Islamabad to the historical and vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North and the rugged border regions to the West. Add Royal Family as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Royal Family news, video, and analysis from ABC News. At a critical junctureThe trip also comes at a time when Pakistan is trying to fix its crisis-stricken economy and boost its reputation on the worldwide stage.

Mr Khan, a former worldwide cricketing star turned politician, was a friend of the prince's mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

The couple visited a school in Islamabad.

Further details of the royal couple's engagements will be released each day amid the heightened security concerns.

"Pakistan hosts one of Britain's largest overseas networks, with the British High Commission in Islamabad being one of the UK's largest diplomatic missions in the world", the statement concludes. Diana had visited the country during the 1990s. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla flew to Pakistan in November 2006 to met survivors of the deadly 7.6 magnitude natural disaster in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where more than 80,000 were killed, more than 100,000 injured and more than three million people left homeless, in October 2005.

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