William and Kate arrive in Pakistan for five-day visit
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have touched down in Pakistan, where security has been heightened to ensure the couple’s safety for the five-day visit.
William and Kate were greeted by Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and his wife at the Pakistani Air Force base in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, on Monday evening.
A large security presence has been drafted in to secure their safety during the tour, which has been billed as their “most complex” to date.
It comes at a time of political tensions between Pakistan and India over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Kate – wearing an ombre Catherine Walker gown – was given a bouquet of flowers as her and the duke left the RAF Voyager.
The designer was favoured by William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Details of the couple’s engagements are being kept under wraps until the day due to security considerations, Kensington Palace said.
The tour, which wraps up on Friday, seeks to strengthen ties between the UK and Pakistan.
It has been billed as their “most complex” tour to date by the palace due to the complex security picture in the region.
It will span more than 1,000km of the country, including the capital Islamabad, the city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the north and border regions to the west.
Their itinerary includes a range of occasions and locations.
William will be hoping to create his own legacy in a country previously visited by both of his parents.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were the last royals to visit the Commonwealth country, while Diana made the trip several times for her charity work.