The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre was started in the early 1990s by the cricket-hero-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is now Pakistans prime minister, and whose first wife Jemima Goldsmith was a friend of the late princess.
Video: Prince William and Kate are treated to a song and dance in Chitral village
William and Kates visit brought back memories for many Pakistanis who still love the late Lady Diana for her humanitarian work. Diana visited the facility in the 1990s and met with cancer patients and attended a fundraising event. The hospital says it has been providing free treatment to 75% of its patients for the last 24 years.
Also on Thursday, 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 for three orphaned children at a charitable organization, SOS Childrens Village. They chatted with the children and Kate spoke in Urdu to congratulate them.
William and Kate later visited the historic Badshahi mosque, also previously visited by Williams mother during one of her visits to Lahore.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
According to Britains Press Association, William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building with the prayer leader before being given a tour of the inside, where they heard a verse from Islams holy book.
The couples day ended with an unscheduled event: The Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft transporting them back to Islamabad had to abort two landing attempts in the capital due to severe weather and was forced to return to Lahore.
Britains Press Association reported the plane shook with heavy turbulence and lightning strikes could be seen nearby.
William, an experienced air ambulance pilot, joked with reporters afterward that he had been flying the plane through the storm.
Since arriving in Pakistan, the royal couple have been advocating for girls education and visited a girls school in Islamabad. They addressed climate change while in Pakistans northern region, where glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.
Upon their arrival, the couple met with Pakistans President Arif Alvi and Khan, who had lunch with them at his sprawling office.
William and Kate flew back to Islamabad after completing their visit to the region. The Duke and Duchess arrived in Pakistan on Monday night on their maiden visit. Their second day was a busy one, which started with a visit to a girls’ college in the capital and then Margalla Hills, where they attended an event regarding environmental protection. The couple was hosted by President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and Prime Minister House, respectively.
Pakistani authorities have deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary security forces for the protection of the visiting royal couple, who were expected return home Friday.
Britains Prince William and his wife Kate speaks to students during their visit to Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
LAHORE, Pakistan — Prince William and his wife Kate toured Pakistans eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, where they are set to 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.
The royal couple also 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 they were also set to visit the historic Badshahi mosque.
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.