UKs Prince William, Kate see Pakistani cultural hub Lahore – Prince George Citizen

UK\s Prince William, Kate see Pakistani cultural hub Lahore - Prince George Citizen
Prince William, Kate visit Pakistans climate-change hit north
LAHORE, Pakistan — Britains Prince William and his wife Kate are touring Pakistans eastern city of Lahore, where they will visit a cancer hospital previously visited by Williams mother, the late Princess Diana.

The hospital was started by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose first wife Jemima Goldsmith was a friend of the late princess.

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The royal couple played cricket with children and members of Pakistans cricket team at the National Cricket Academy. Their day began with a birthday party at a charitable organization, SOS Childrens Village, and theyll also visit the historic Badshahi mosque.

“Fantastic,” the prince remarked as he sifted through the pages of the album. Wazir Zada, the first-ever member of the provincial assembly from Kalash community, hoped that the royal couples visit would encourage foreign tourists to explore the ancient Kalash civilisation. Deputy Commissioner Chitral Naveed Ahmed said the royal visit to Pakistans north was a clear-cut message of peace to the world and mentioned that abolishing the requirement of a no-objection certificate would boost international tourism.

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Since arriving, the royal couple have been advocates for girls education, visiting a girls school in Islamabad. They addressed climate change while in Pakistans northern region, where glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

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ISLAMABAD — Prince William and his wife Kate are travelling to Pakistans scenic northern mountains and glaciers, drawing attention to the challenges of climate change in the South Asian nation.

As they met with village residents and watched a traditional dance, William added that places vulnerable to change needed more education, more awareness and political action. And he echoed Prince Harrys words on his recent tour of Southern Africa, saying the young are starting to get engaged in it, referring to recent climate strikes designed to prompt action on global warming. William, second in line to the throne, has to be less political than his brother, who has moved down to sixth in the line of succession behind Williams three children. Harry is thus allowed to directly reference climate protesters such as Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, while William has to make more subtle allusions to avoid the appearance of meddling in politics.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to the city of Chitral, where they were accorded a warm welcome.

Elders from the non-Muslim Kalash community presented them with traditional coats, hats and scarves.

William emphasized the important place Pakistan holds for his family, and for Britain, which is home to some 1.5 million people of Pakistani descent. The Duke used his speech the night before, at a formal reception at the Pakistan Monument in Islamabad, to illustrate the great strides the country has made since independence 72 years ago. The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, the Queen, first visited a half century ago, Prince William said. Looking out, one would have seen the beginnings of a city under construction, yet to become the great capital it is today.

The couple spent time with men, women and children from the Kalash community before enjoying performances of traditional dances and music by local residents.

The visit comes a day after Prince William made a speech at a cultural event in the capital of Islamabad, saying he will visit Chitral to see some of the impacts of climate change — including a melting glacier — as well as meet with local communities faced with the impact of a damaged environment.

Flying from Islamabad to the Hindu Kush, William and Kate visited several inspiring community-led initiatives that aim to equip local society with the tools they need to adjust to the changing landscape and weather patterns of the area and the environmental challenges which are affecting their traditional way of life, according to the Kensington Palace update.

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Pakistans northern areas have witnessed flash floods in recent years, causing damage to property and casualties.

Britains Press Association reported that William and Kate sat on a wall in a village square in the Kalash Valley, surrounded by local children, as they watched a traditional dance.

The couple also visited the village of Bumburet in the Chitral region, which was destroyed by flooding in 2015 and met with survivors of the disaster. The royal pair watched an emergency response drill in which members of the community carried would-be casualties over a river.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, built in the 17th century. The couple will also spend time at the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Centre which was visited by Diana, Princess of Wales. It was set up by her friend, Imran Khan, who is now Prime Minister of Pakistan and who welcomed William and Kate to his country at the start of their visit.

Britains Prince William, center, and his wife Kate meet Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Muhammed Ahmed)