Prince William and Duchess Kate visited mountain communities hit by climate change on the third day of their five-day visit to Pakistan. On arrival in the northern mountain town of Chitral, the couple received traditional headgear and robes.
Kate put on a white hat decorated with a peacock feather. She wore a same-colored, colorfully embroidered robe and scarf. Even Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, had received in 1991 during a visit to the region such a hat and a robe. William put on an embroidered coat.
The couple learned about the impact of climate change on the mountainous region of northern Pakistan. The city of Chitral, located in the Hindu Kush Mountains, has long been a popular destination for foreign and domestic tourists. In recent years, however, flash floods have driven thousands of locals to flee.
Kate and William in Pakistan:
Visit to the mountain region
Originally the eastern city of Lahore was on the program for the royal couple. For security reasons, however, the plan had been changed at short notice, the Foreign Ministry said.
William and Kate had begun their five-day trip to Pakistan on Monday. The flying visit is intended to help improve relations between Britain and the South Asian state, as stated in an official statement.
It was in terms of logistics and security to the most complex journey of the couple, said the palace in London. For security reasons, the itinerary is largely kept under wraps, details are to be announced only on a daily basis. During the visit, more than a thousand police officers are to ensure the safety of the couple. Not included are their children George, Charlotte and Louis.