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His Highness The Aga Khan hosts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Aga Khan Centre, London

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Wednesday, 2019, October 2
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for a special event on Wednesday, ahead of their royal tour of Pakistan.
William and Kate, both 37, attended a reception hosted by His Highness The Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Centre in King's Cross, London. The couple met with a range of people from Pakistan at the event, including community leaders, those involved in British and Pakistani business, and key figures within the Diaspora community, including musicians, chefs and artists.

The Aga Khan Centre in London is home to the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. The organisations work to promote understanding about Muslim cultures and to connect the public to global development issues.
William and Kate's official visit to Pakistan, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will take place between Monday 14 and Friday 18 October 2019.

The event on Wednesday will showcase modern Pakistani culture and will allow the couple to meet a range of people from Pakistan, including community leaders, those involved in British and Pakistani business, and key figures within the Diaspora community, including musicians, chefs and artists.

Kensington Palace, the official Twitter account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Royal Foundation, has surprised Pakistanis. The official account has shared a tweet in Urdu after Price Williams and Kate Middleton met HH Aga Khan in London.

The statement in the tweet said, “Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined His Highness the Aga Khan for a special event at the Aga Khan Centre, ahead of their official visit to Pakistan later this month”, with a hashtag #RoyalVisitPkaistan.

royalcentral.co.uk reported
“It was wonderful to be part of today’s event hosted by His Highness the Aga Khan in cooperation with His Excellency the High Commissioner of Pakistan,” said Matt Reed, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK).

“For over a century, the AKDN has worked towards the sustained improvement of quality of life in Pakistan, through schools, health centres, civil society, and more. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were interested to learn about our work, ahead of their official visit to Pakistan later this month.”

Some of the invited guests, per the Ismaili Imamat website, included “writer Shazia Mirza, conceptual artist Rasheed Araeen, MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmoud Ahmed, comedian Adil Ray, recording artist Shahid Khan, and award-winning architect Saira Hussain.”

The Aga Khan is the Imam and spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims and is the 49th in a line of hereditary leaders.

He became the Aga Khan in 1957 following his grandfather’s death.

“Today’s event celebrated the longstanding relationship between the Ismaili Imamat at the British Royal Family,” said Naushad Jivrag, President of the Ismaili Council for the UK in a press release on the Ismaili’s official website.

“It was an honour to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to the Aga Khan Centre. Today, the Ismaili community is present in various countries of the Commonwealth, including the UK, where we are making a significant contribution to civil society.”

Yahoo news reported
The Duke and Duchess also met with schoolchildren from the nearby King’s Cross Academy before departing.

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 5 (ANI): Prince William and Kate Middleton are gearing up to kick off their royal tour to Pakistan, which is being described as their "most complex" tour to date.
The royal couple will leave their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at home at Kensington Palace for five days as they undertake the visit on behalf of the British government from October 14 to 18, reported People.

It is being called Kate and William's "most complex tour" to date, "given the logistical and security considerations," their spokesman said.

In fact, their outings will not be publicised before the day of each event. "It will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today -- a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation," added the Kensington Palace.

"From the modern leafy capital Islamabad, to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West, the visit will span over 1000 kilometers, and will take in Pakistan's rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes," according to the palace.

As part of their preparations for the royal tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the Aga Khan Centre in London on Wednesday. Hosted by the current Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the morning showcased modern Pakistani culture.

The upcoming trip will be the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Pakistan since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla had travelled to the South Asian country.

This will not be the first time that the royal couple will be travelling to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. They made their way in the fall of 2012. During their last trip, they visited Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, and Tuyalu. They also visited India in 2016.

The members of the royal family have also earlier been to the south Asian country, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and his wife.

Previously, Queen Elizabeth II had visited Pakistan in 1961 and 1997, and the late Princess Diana in 1991. (ANI)

thenews.com.pk report by newsbytes (below)

British Royal couple, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, who recently visited Aga Khan Centre in London, is all set for their royal tour of Pakistan. According to Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess will arrive in Islamabad on Monday, October 14 and tour the country for a series of engagements covering national security matters, women’s empowerment, and issues youth in the country face today. The tour will wrap up on October 18, 2019.

The Kensington Palace also issued a statement announcing that the Cambridges’ visit will be “the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations.”

“The Duke and Duchess have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Pakistanis as possible,” spokesman Christian Jones shared in a statement. “Over the course of the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a wide variety of people, including children and young people; leaders from government, business, and the charity sector; inspiring conservationists; and well-known cultural figures and sporting stars.”

During the visit the royal couple will travel from the capital of Islamabad to the city of Lahore, then head to the mountainous northern countryside and the rugged border regions to the west, and take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and beautiful landscapes.

This will be the first royal visit to Pakistan in 13 years. The last one was by Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who visited Pakistan in 2006.

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2019, October 2: VIDEOS of H.H. The Aga Khan hosting members of the British Monarchy this day:

VIDEO 1: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Aga Khan Centre in London

The Royal Family Channel
512K subscribers

https://youtu.be/6Okefwt4NV8

VIDEO 2: Also On Geo News in Urdu language

http://ismaili.net/timeline/2019/2019-10-02-urdu.mp4

VIDEO 3: Kate and William meet Aga Khan ahead of official visit to Pakistan

PA Media: Video - 2 October 2019

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/kate-william-meet-aga-khan-120202399.html

VIDEO 4: KCTV5

http://ismaili.net/timeline/2019/2019-10-02-ak.mp4

VIDEO 5: AKDN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCKC0E307pg&feature=youtu.be

http://ismaili.net/timeline/2019/2019-10-02-ak.mp4


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