Why Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Royal Trip to Pakistan Is Their ‘Most Complex’ Tour Ever

Royal tours continue!

On the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of Africa, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are embarking on their own royal tour of Pakistan. 

The couple has been going on official tours together since their royal wedding in 2011 (learn why Prince Charles called his son and his daughter-in-law “tasteless” on their first tour) and these days, they’re professionals when it comes to visiting countries in the Commonwealth. 

Cambridge children aren’t going to Pakistan

For this particular trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — will remain in England and not accompany their parents on their five-day tour of the South Asian country.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Georg | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Almost immediately after Prince William and Middleton’s official visit to Pakistan was announced — they’ll be the first members of the royal family to visit the country in 13 long years — royal fans questioned whether or not it’s safe for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to go, let alone their children. We’re assuming the couple opted not to bring their kids along with them to Pakistan primarily because of the potential safety risks. 

Why royals stopped visiting Pakistan 

Previously, royals stopped visiting because of safety concerns with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, being the last members of the royal family to visit Pakistan in 2006, according to Forbes.

The late Princess Diana also went to the country in 1991 by herself while Queen Elizabeth II made a stop there in 1997 after visiting for the first time in 1961, according to Town and Country.

Princess Diana in Pakistan
Princess Diana in Pakistan | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The U.K.’s foreign office has warned travelers against visiting Pakistan because of the “high threat of terrorism and sectarian violence throughout the country.” But in recent years, British Airways has reinstated flights to Pakistan because security has become less of an issue. However, that doesn’t mean the royal family’s taking any chances with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour. 

Security makes this royal tour ‘complex’

Prince William and Middleton will have additional security in tow on this royal tour plus other precautionary measures in place. Upwards of 1,000 police will be deployed in Pakistan, which many are referring to as a “ring of steel.” 

The “logistical and security considerations” make their visit to Pakistan “the most complex tour … to date” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to an official statement released by the royal family

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In addition to the beefed-up police detail, the military will keep their itinerary safeguarded. The media will be informed of their movements at the last moment to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s safety. What’s been released to the public about their tour is that the places they’ll visit “range from the modern, leafy capital of Islamabad to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West.”

Prince William and Middleton will be in Pakistan from Oct. 14 – 18, 2019. Look out for Middleton to channel the style of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, while there.