LONDON/ ISLAMABAD: Kensington Palace, a royal residence in Kensington Gardens, London, has announced that Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine will undertake an official visit to Pakistan later this year.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further details will be advised in due course,” it announced in a tweet on Sunday.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew said he was delighted that the duke and duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan this autumn. “They will receive a very warm welcome,” he said.
Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Nafees Zakaria said the government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcomed the announcement of the Kensington Palace of the royal visit by the duke and duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan.
In a tweet, he said people of Pakistan cherished and fondly recalled visits of the Queen Elizabeth II to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997.
Nafees Zakaria said upcoming royal visit reflected the importance the UK attached to Pakistan. He said both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen these further.
This will be the first visit of any member of British royal family to Pakistan since 2006.
Prince of Wales Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall Camilla had visited Pakistan in 2006.