[VIDEO] Prince William, Kate Middleton are all smiles as royal couple enjoys cricket session in Pakistan
Continuing their 'most complex' tour till date in Pakistan, British Royal couple - Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton paid an afternoon visit to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) National academy of cricket on Thursday. The special visit is termed historic in nature as it is the first time British Royals have stepped into the home of Pakistan cricket. Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) were welcomed by the chairperson of the PCB - Ehsan Mani during their short tour of the National Cricket Academy which is famous for producing some of the household names in the game of cricket.
The British royal guests also played a celebrity cricket match with current and former Pakistani players. The match featured the likes of pace legend Waqar Younis, star batsman Azhar Ali and pacers Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi. Prince Williams and Kate also signed Visitors Books after the match. “We are grateful to the British Council for this Dosti initiative, which has been so well supported by the British High Commission, and we are delighted that the Pakistan Cricket Board is a part of it,” the PCB Chairman said.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, photographed today at the NCA #RoyalVisitPakistanpic.twitter.com/kwKMKLvhnv— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 17, 2019
Dressed in all white salwar kameez, Kate was seen showcasing her cricketing skills while Prince William was looking dapper in his cream-coloured linen suit. Along with a fruitful cricket session at the academy, the royal couple also toured the historic Badshahi Mosque where Kate was donning a headscarf. The late Princess Diana had stirred controversy during her 1991 visit to the famous mosque as she was heavily criticised for wearing an above-the-knee attire while visiting the sacred place.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, having a bat today at the NCA in Lahore #RoyalVisitPakistan#Cricketpic.twitter.com/NMS71eA7Fv— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 17, 2019
The British couple kickstarted their day four of the Pakistan tour with a visit to SOS Children's Village orphanage. Kate complimented the village in her short speech which she presented with a greeting in Urdu. The couple also celebrated the birthdays of children belonging to the village orphanage. "Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we've seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined," she said.