Duke of Cambridge hits a six in Pakistan cricket match - but the Duchess is caught out twice

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Author 2019-10-17 12:38:00


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a host of sporting stars for Pakistan's national game of cricket, as they gamely try their hands as amateur batsmen.

The Duke of Cambridge took to the crease at Pakistan's national cricket academy and impressed his hosts by hitting a six.

The notoriously competitive Royal couple both joined in a match with budding players during a full day in city of Lahore, visiting the National Cricket Academy.

While the Duke scored big, the Duchess was caught out twice.

The couple joined children participating in the British Council's Dosti programme for a match of Pakistan's national game.

William and Kate, who met former national captain Imran Khan on Tuesday, let other "international cricketing legends" at the event, including Hasan Ali, Azhar Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sana Mir, Urooj Mumtaz, Ayesha Zafar and Waqar Younis.

The cricket match is part of the Duke and Duchess's programme for their fourth day in Pakistan, which saw them travel on the RAF Voyager to the capital of Punjab.

The Duchess wore a white shalwar kameez - a traditional outfit of a long tunic and trousers - by Gul Ahmed, while Will wore a light blue shirt and dark trousers.

They are due to visit the Badshahi mosque, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and the National Cricket Academy while in the city.

Their first stop will be a birthday party at the SOS Children's Village, a charitable organisation in the heart of the city established in 1977.

The duchess is expected to speak at the event, which will involve games, music and traditional Pakistani cakes. It will be her first speech of the week, following the duke's address on Tuesday evening.

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The couple will then be taken on a tour of the Badshahi Mosque, the most historic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City.

The duke will be following in the footsteps of both of his parents with the visit. His mother Diana, Princess of Wales visited the site in 1991, and it was also included in the 2006 royal tour of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Wrapping up their forth and penultimate day, the couple will then travel to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

The cancer facility is another location previously visited by the late Diana, as a guest of her friend Mr Khan.

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The royal couple will visit the children's ward to spend time with patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, and are anticipated to speak to a number of their families.

Their third day of engagements on Wednesday saw the couple focus on climate change.

After an excursion to a melting glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain rash in northern Pakistan, the couple were given colourful welcome to a settlement of the Kalash people.

They watched a traditional dance and were presented with vibrantly coloured hats and scarves, with the duchess's colourful beaded head wear featuring a large fuschia feather.


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