ISLAMABAD: Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are on an official five-day visit of Pakistan, flew to the country’s scenic north Wednesday morning.
The royal couple was escorted by a helicopter to a glacier in Broghil Valley National Park to see the effects of climate change that has hit the country’s snow-caped parts. The visiting royals also met with environmental experts to discuss the melting.
They spent the afternoon with the Kalash – Pakistan’s most ancient and culturally iconic tribe — to experience the rich cultural diversity. A special cultural show presenting the life in the northern areas, will also be held for the royal couple.
On arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were gifted Chitral’s iconic Pakol cap and a book commemorating Princess Diana’s 1991 visit to the country.
According to Britain’s Press Association, Prince William made a speech at a cultural event in the capital of Islamabad the previous day, 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.
Pakistan’s northern areas have witnessed flash floods in recent years, causing damages and casualties.
The royal couple arrived in Pakistan on Monday and their visit ends on Friday.