William and Kate make colourful entrance in auto rickshaw at Islamabad reception

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in style to a special reception in Pakistan – opting for an auto rickshaw as they wrapped up their second day of the royal tour.

William and Kate travelled in the colourful cart to the historic Pakistan Monument in Islamabad on Tuesday evening for an event hosted by Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan.

A speech by the duke is due to show the UK's support for the Commonwealth country, which he is anticipated to call a "key partner and friend".

Kate wore a glittering emerald dress by Jenny Packham, while William wore a similar-coloured traditional sherwani buttoned coat by Karachi-based designer Naushemian.

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CHITRAL, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 16: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people, to learn more about their culture and unique heritage, on October 16, 2019 in Chitral, Pakistan. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit of Pakistan between 14-18th October at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge, chat with members of the Kalash tribe during their visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan northern Chitral District on October 16, 2019. - Prince William and his wife Kate flew near the Afghan border to visit a remote Hindu Kush glacier on October 16, after a morning spent trying on feathered traditional caps and luxurious shawls in Pakistan's mountainous north. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk amongst flood damaged ruins in Bumburet village in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with flood victims during a visit to Bumburet village in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to an emergency response team during a visit to Bumburet village in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Chiatibo glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch a traditional Kalash dance during their visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan northern Chitral District on October 16, 2019. - Prince William and his wife Kate flew near the Afghan border to visit a remote Hindu Kush glacier on October 16, after a morning spent trying on feathered traditional caps and luxurious shawls in Pakistan's mountainous north. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches a traditional Kalash dance during a visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan northern Chitral District on October 16, 2019. - Prince William and his wife Kate flew near the Afghan border to visit a remote Hindu Kush glacier on October 16, after a morning spent trying on feathered traditional caps and luxurious shawls in Pakistan's mountainous north. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
CHITRAL, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 16: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed as they arrive by helicopter on October 16, 2019 in Chitral, Pakistan. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/Getty Images)
CHITRAL, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 16: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed as they arrive by helicopter on October 16, 2019 in Chitral, Pakistan. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Bumburet village in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to an emergency response team during a visit to Bumburet village in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province in Pakistan on the third day of the royal visit. (Photo by Neil Hall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at decorated auto-rickshaw to attend a reception in Islamabad on October 15, 2019. - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a warm welcome in Islamabad on October 15 to Britain's Prince William, the son of his late friend Princess Diana, who is on his first official trip to the country with his wife Kate. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive on a decorated auto-rickshaw to attend a reception in Islamabad on October 15, 2019. - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a warm welcome in Islamabad on October 15 to Britain's Prince William, the son of his late friend Princess Diana, who is on his first official trip to the country with his wife Kate. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, look at an auto-rickshaw driver as they arrive to attend a reception in Islamabad on October 15, 2019. - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a warm welcome in Islamabad on October 15 to Britain's Prince William, the son of his late friend Princess Diana, who is on his first official trip to the country with his wife Kate. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan at the iconic Pakistan National Monument during their Royal Tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge listens as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge makes a speech as they attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument, during day two of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge makes a speech as he attends a special reception with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument, during day two of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak with guests as they attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument, during day two of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument, during day two of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge makes a speech as he attends a special reception with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument, during day two of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Margalla Hills National Park, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas, to join children from three local schools taking part in a number of activities which highlight Pakistan’s work to meet several of the Sustainable Development Goals on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Margalla Hills National Park, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas, to join children from three local schools taking part in a number of activities which highlight Pakistan’s work to meet several of the Sustainable Development Goals on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk alongside the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a visit to his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duchess of Cambridge walks alongside the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a visit to his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a visit to his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk alongside the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a visit to his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk alongside the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a visit to his official residence in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a school in central Islamabad on day two of the royal visit to Pakistan.
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The event is due to showcase Pakistani music and culture, and the couple will have the opportunity to meet individuals from business, the creative arts, music and the film industry and members of government.

"We share unique bonds and so it will always be in our best interests for Pakistan to succeed," the duke is expected to say.

"You can always rely on the UK to keep playing an important role as a key partner and friend."

A busy itinerary on their first full day in the capital Islamabad saw the royal couple meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and visit two education programmes, including a government-run school for students aged between four and 18.

The meeting between the duke and Mr Khan saw the pair reminiscing about the ex-Test cricketer speaking of his political ambitions more than 20 years ago.

The duke told how everyone laughed at a gathering in Richmond-upon-Thames, south-west London, in 1996 when Mr Khan announced his ambition of becoming prime minister to William and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

The former international cricketer was a friend of Diana, who had taken the young duke to visit him and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith.

Recalling his younger aspirations of becoming a cricketer, Mr Khan said: "When I went with my mother to see a Test match, my cousin was playing and he scored a century and I told my mother I wanted to be a Test cricketer.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at his official residence in Islamabad
William and Kate with Prime Minister Imran Khan at his official residence in Islamabad (Andrew Parsons/PA)

"I never realised how difficult it was to eventually become one.

"Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed, I didn't realise it would take me 22 years."

Diana visited a cancer hospital in Lahore as a guest of Mr Khan and his then wife in May 1997 – just three months before she died.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kate and William met President Arif Alvi, who recalled running along Victoria Road in Karachi to catch a glimpse of the Queen during her 1961 state visit.

"It was miraculous to see her," he told William, who spoke of the Prince of Wales's visit to Pakistan in 2006.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a government-run school in central Islamabad
The duchess during a visit to a government-run school in central Islamabad (Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA)

The royal couple's first engagement saw one of the students at the government-run school, 14-year-old Aima, tell the duke that the students were "big fans of your mother".

"Oh, that's very sweet of you," William replied.

"I was a big fan of my mother too. She came here three times. This is my first time and it is very nice to be here and meet you all."

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