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Prince William, Kate play cricket in Pakistan

Their day began with a birthday party for three orphaned children at a charitable organisation, SOS Children’s Village. They chatted with the children and Kate spoke in Urdu to congratulate them.

William and Kate later visited the historic Badshahi mosque, also previously visited by William’s mother during one of her visits to Lahore.

Members of Kalash community greet the royals with traditional caps during their visit to Pakistan's northern Chitral district.

Members of Kalash community greet the royals with traditional caps during their visit to Pakistan’s northern Chitral district.Credit:Press Information Department

According to Britain’s Press Association, William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building with the prayer leader before being given a tour of the inside, where they heard a verse from Islam’s holy book.

The couple’s day ended with an unscheduled event: The Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft transporting them back to Islamabad had to abort two landing attempts in the capital due to severe weather and was forced to return to Lahore.

Britain’s Press Association reported the plane shook with heavy turbulence and lightning strikes could be seen nearby.

William, an experienced air ambulance pilot, joked with reporters afterward that he had been flying the plane through the storm.

Since arriving in Pakistan, the royal couple have been advocating for girls’ education and visited a girl’s school in Islamabad. They addressed climate change while in Pakistan’s northern region, where glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

Upon their arrival, the couple met with Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Khan, who had lunch with them at his sprawling office.

Pakistani authorities have deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary security forces for the protection of the visiting royal couple, who were expected return home Friday.

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