Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Trip to Pakistan is a Major ‘Security Challenge’
Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking security to new levels as they headed to Pakistan this week and. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the country to repair its image and are using over 1,000 Pakistani police to stay safe. Here’s an inside look at how Prince William and Middleton are tackling their latest “security challenge.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Pakistan
The Cambridges flew to Pakistan on Monday, kicking off their five-day tour of the country. The royals take security very seriously whenever they travel abroad, but their trip to Pakistan is nothing like we have ever seen.
“The most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations,” Kensington Palace explained in a statement.
According to Forbes, the palace noted that Prince William and Middleton are using over 1,000 Pakistani police to create a “ring of steel” wherever they go. The mission of the large security force is to protect the couple, who are attempting to put the country in a new light.
Government officials in Pakistan hope that welcoming Prince William and Middleton with open arms will prove that they are not a haven for terrorist organizations.
The country has received a lot of negative press over the past decade for harboring groups that have direct links to terrorism. But there is a rich relationship between Pakistan and Britain that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope to explore.
Their trip will focus on showing the world how Pakistan has improved over the past few years, highlighting the country’s advances and proving that they are a modern nation.
What will Prince William and Middleton be doing in Pakistan?
The royal family has not released a lot of details about Prince William and Middleton’s trip to Pakistan, but we do know that they will visit a variety of locations in the area.
The couple is expected to announce their visits right before they appear as a security measure. Only the royals and the Pakistan military know where the pair will be at any given time.
Kensington Palace has also confirmed that the two will make stops at Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, before heading to the city of Lahore. Some of their goals for the trip are to promote education in young children, tackle key environmental issues, and increase awareness of global warming.
In total, Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel over 620 miles before they head home at the end of the week.
The trip, which was announced a few months ago, is the first outing to Pakistan by members of the royal family since Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles traveled to the country in 2006.
The Prince of Wales’s trip to Pakistan came amid similar safety concerns. Although some experts worried about their safety, they managed to return home without any issues. They also did not employ as much security and Prince William and Middleton.
Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, also visited the region in 1961 and again in 1997, though both trips were before the country was a hazard to tourists.
Is Pakistan safe?
With Prince William and Middleton employing 1,000 police officers to ensure their safety, the trip to Pakistan has raised concerns over the couple’s well being.
The pair scheduled the tour of Pakistan after being encouraged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which still advises against visiting the country.
In fact, the FCO has warned citizens of the likelihood of being kidnapped in cities like Islamabad and Lahore. There was also a terrorist attack in Pakistan earlier this year that has only increased those concerns.
Despite the risk, the FCO has told people that most areas of Pakistan are completely okay to visit. British Airways has even started flying to the country, which is a sign that things are improving.
Fortunately, Prince William and Middleton will have plenty of security officers at their disposal throughout the trip, so the risks of them getting hurt are fairly slim.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not commented on the reports surrounding their stay in Pakistan. Prince William and Kate Middleton are scheduled to remain in the country until Friday when they will return to their family in London.