Kate Middleton Follows in Princess Diana's Footsteps During Royal Tour of Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Hindu Kush mountains, where she was given a hat and coat similar to the ones the Princess of Wales received during her trip in 1991

By Elyse Dupre Oct 16, 2019 12:10 PMTags
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Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Hindu Kush mountains on the third day of their royal tour of Pakistan.

After arriving by helicopter, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were presented with traditional Chitrali hats and white coats. The moment brought many royal admirers back to 1991, when Princess Diana visited Chitral and was given a similar cap and coat. 

The royal couple also received a book featuring photos of Diana's visit. 

"That's very special," Kate said as her husband looked at pictures of his late mother. 

Later on, the two overlooked the northern tip of the Chiatibo Glacier in Broghil National Park. They also spoke with expert Dr. Furrukh Bashir about climate change and how it has caused the glacier to retreat rapidly in recent years. William said communities "vulnerable to change" needed "more education, more awareness and political action."

After the excursion, the two visited Bumburet in central Chitral, which was affected by floods in 2015. There, they learned more about the local culture and enjoyed a presentation with traditional music and dance. In addition, they spoke with a woman named Diana, who is part of an emergency response team that helped save lives in 2015 and was named after William's mother. According to a translator, her grandmother met the Princess of Wales during the royal's visit in 1991.

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Kate wore a brown shirt, long skirt and Nubuck waistcoat by Really Wild for the outing. She accessorized her look with Missoma's gold Zenyu chandelier hoops, Really Wild's knee-high boots and a beige pashmina.

To see more of her looks throughout the tour, check out the gallery.

Warm Welcome

Upon the royal couple's arrival in Pakistan, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped off the plane wearing a custom, ombre blue design by Catherine Walker, which was modeled after the traditional shalwar kameez.

All That Glitters Is Green

One word: Glam! The Duchess enlisted beloved British label Jenny Packham to help make her arrival to a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner of Pakistan one to remember. She complemented the emerald green gown with statement earrings by Onitaa.

Splash of Color

For a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister, the mom of three dressed the part in a bright green tunic by Catherine Walker, white trousers by Khan and a scarf by Satrangi.

Making a Difference

During their visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge learned about the work of Teach for Pakistan—an organization that recruits and trains graduates and young professionals for a two-year fellowship in which they teach in low-income schools.

Embracing the Culture

Fashion met function for Kate's visit to the Islamabad Model College for Girls on Tuesday, Oct. 15. She paired nude ballet flats with a periwinkle shalwar kalmeez and dupatta by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan. 

Learning About the Local Culture

Kate wore a brown shirt, long skirt and Nubuck waistcoat by Really Wild for the visit to the Hindu Kush mountains. She accessorized her look with Missoma's gold Zenyu chandelier hoops, Really Wild's knee-high boots and a beige pashmina. 

Following in Diana's Footsteps

The royals were presented with traditional Chitrali hats and white coats, which Princess Diana also received during her visit to Chitral in 1991. William and Kate also looked at the Chiatibo Glacier in Broghil National Park and visited nearby communities, where they watched a presentation of traditional song and dance.

Cricket Chic

The duchess happily played cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, donning a white embroidered shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheen Khan paired with matching sneakers. 


Green and Gold

For a visit to the Badshahi Mosque, the mom of three donned a blue green headscarf with gold trim and a matching shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan. 

Mosque Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear inside the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, on the fourth day of the royal visit to Pakistan.

A Fashionable Farewell

For the final day of the royal tour, Kate wore a cream Elan kurta with black embroidery, Gul Ahmed pants, a Maheen Khan scarf, UFO earrings, and J.Crew nude heels, and carried a black Smythson purse.

Puppy Love

Kate later changed in a Beulah black blazer coat, a white tunic, white pants and black Russell & Bromley flats before she and Prince William attended their final event, a visit to Islamabad's Army Canine Unit, where they met dogs and puppies trained to identify explosive devices.

So Many Dogs

So cute!

Royal admirers can also learn more about the first two days of the tour by clicking here and here.

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