Plane carrying Kate and William turns back amid thunderstorm

A "pretty serious storm" has forced the RAF Voyager plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to abort two landings in Islamabad.

Despite the best efforts of the pilot, the aircraft had to turn back to Lahore on the fourth day of William and Kate's tour of Pakistan.

Strikes of lightning could be seen from the carrier plane near the right wing as it shook with heavy turbulence.

The plane was in the air for over two hours, despite the journey from Lahore to Islamabad usually only taking some 25 minutes.

William, who came to check on travelling media, joked: "I was flying!"

The duke was making a reference to his time as an air ambulance pilot.

One passenger said it was a "pretty serious storm", describing the flight as a "rollercoaster".

"It was pretty hairy at times," another said.

"The plane was making large jerking movements as we tried to battle through the wind.

"It was a relief to land safely in Lahore."

The duke and duchess spent the day in Lahore, visiting the Badshahi Mosque and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

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LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Badshahi Mosque with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in Lahore on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. The Badshahi Mosque is the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a Interfaith Meeting at Badshahi Mosque on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, 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/WireImage)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a Interfaith Meeting at Badshahi Mosque on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, 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/WireImage)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a Interfaith Meeting at Badshahi Mosque on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, 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/WireImage)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a Interfaith Meeting at Badshahi Mosque on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, 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/WireImage)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore on October 17, 2019. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and a faith leader arrive at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Badshahi Mosque during their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (2R), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine (2L), Duchess of Cambridge visit with Grand Imam, Abdul Khbeer Azad (R), at the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore on October 17, 2019. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
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