Kensington Palace Posted an Emotional Throwback Photo of Princess Diana
Since Monday, Kate Middleton and Prince William have been on their first royal tour of Pakistan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Pakistan until Friday, seeking to strengthen ties between their two countries and honor their ongoing relationship.
Princess Diana was known for visiting Pakistan during her time in the palace. The family’s official Instagram account recently honored her with a throwback photo of her own visits to Lenore, Pakistan, in 1996 and 1997.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit the same Pakistani hospital as Princess Diana
On Oct. 17, Kensington Palace’s official Instagram account posted a heartwarming throwback photo of Princess Diana on one of her many visits to Pakistan over the years. The post showed Prince William’s mother in an elegant, powder-blue dress, kneeling next to an infant on a hospital table as they made eye contact.
The accompanying caption read, “In 1996 and 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, a state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore.”
The caption continued by drawing parallels between Princess Diana’s history with the country of Pakistan and what Kate Middleton and Prince William will be doing for the rest of the week.
The post concluded, “Over twenty years on, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the children’s ward at the hospital today to spend time with patients undergoing treatment, and speak to their families.”
The royal family’s friendly history with Pakistan
The royal family has a long history with the country of Pakistan. The Queen first visited in 1961 and went again in 1997.
Princess Diana did a great deal of charity work in Lahore and throughout the rest of the country, and became well-known throughout Pakistan. She also dated Hasnat Khan, the prime minister’s cousin and a heart surgeon, in the mid-1990s.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of Pakistan
Kate Middleton and Prince William first headed to the capital city of Islamabad, where they arrived on Monday. They will also visit cultural institutions in Lahore and in both Northern and Western Pakistan.
Traveling over 620 miles in total across five days, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also continue to take in cultural events and enjoy Pakistani cuisine with area illuminaries.
They have met with officials like Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi about issues such as energy, sustainability, infrastructure, education, and public health. This week, the couple has also been photographed in the Northern Pakistani mountains, discussing climate change and global warming along the way.
The Duke and Duchess also visited a settlement of the Kalash people in Northern Pakistan, and Kate wowed in a sparkling floor-length green gown at the Pakistan National Monument. Finally, they learned in depth about the groundbreaking Teach for Pakistan program at Islamabad Model College for Girls.
Security concerns with the “complex” royal tour of Pakistan
Although Pakistan is part of the Commonwealth, the royal family has been taking fewer visits to the country over the past two decades due to concerns about violence and safety. In fact, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the first members of the family to visit in around 13 years.
Over 1,000 Pakistani police will be on hand throughout the week to protect the royals during their visit, which has been deemed one of the most “complex” of the many official visits that Kate Middleton and Prince William have made to countries in the Commonwealth so far.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left their children, Princess Charlote, Prince George, and Prince Louis, at home for the trip due to security challenges and the busy schedule.