Quick-change Kate glows in three out­fits – and takes trip in a mul­ti­coloured rick­shaw

Daily Mail - - Front Page - From Re­becca English

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge was quick-change Kate yes­ter­day as she daz­zled in three dif­fer­ent out­fits on the royal tour of Pak­istan.

First she looked stylish in blue on a visit to a school and then el­e­gant in green and white dur­ing a lunch with prime min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

Fi­nally Kate, 37, sparkled in a bot­tle-green evening gown as she and Prince Wil­liam ar­rived at a re­cep­tion in the cap­i­tal, Is­lam­abad, in a colour­ful mo­torised rick­shaw.

For the soiree, the prince shunned his sen­si­ble suits and em­braced lo­cal cul­ture in a green sher­wani – a for­mal knee-length jacket – with match­ing trousers. Wil­liam had teased jour­nal­ists ear­lier in the week that he might have ‘some­thing spe­cial on the fash­ion front’ up his sleeve for the cou­ple’s five- day tour... and did not dis­ap­point.

The sec­ond day of the trip, which is to pro­mote so­cial, eco­nomic and cul­tural ties be­tween Bri­tain and Pak­istan, had be­gun with a visit to the Is­lam­abad Model Col­lege for Girls to high­light the im­por­tance of ed­u­caw­ith tion for girls and young women in the coun­try. Kate wore a royal blue clas­sic kurta – or long shirt – trousers and scarf by lo­cal de­signer Ma­heen Khan, and nude san­dals with block heel, an­kle strap and pointed toe that cost £23.99 on the high street and were even on sale at £10.

As they sat in a class­room, Wil­liam shared a touch­ing ex­change about his late mother with a group of schoolgirl­s. Told by the teenagers that they were ‘ big fans’ of Diana, Princess of Wales, he smiled slightly bash­fully, touched his heart and said: ‘ You were, re­ally? Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too! She came here three times. I was very small. This is my first time and it is very nice to be here and meet you all.’

The prince was asked what he had wanted to do when he was younger af­ter Aima, 14, told him that she was de­ter­mined to be a brain sur­geon.

He said: ‘Ac­tu­ally I changed a lot as I got older but I al­ways wanted to learn to fly…I love fly­ing, I feel very free. I like learn­ing a skill. I can re­late to the sci­ence of what you do.’

Af­ter­wards, Wil­liam was re­united old fam­ily friend Im­ran Khan and re­minded him how the for­mer in­ter­na­tional crick­eter had told him and his late mother that he wanted to be Pak­istan’s prime min­is­ter.

Over lunch, the prince, 37, re­called he had been taken by Diana in 1996 to see Mr Khan and his then wife, Jemima Gold­smith, in Lon­don, and that ev­ery­one had laughed when the sports star re­vealed his am­bi­tion.

Mr Khan, 67, who was fi­nally elected PM last year, sug­gested it had been as hard a slog as his ear­lier ca­reer as a Test crick­eter. Wil­liam replied: ‘Sure. It’s not so easy.’ His wife Kate, now in white trousers by Ma­heen Khan, an emer­ald tu­nic by Cather­ine Walker, a navy pat­terned Bo­nanza Sa­trangi scarf and ear­rings by the Pak­istani firm Zeen, in­ter­jected: ‘You stuck with it.’

Last night the cou­ple at­tended a re­cep­tion hosted by Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner Thomas Drew at the Na­tional Mon­u­ment, with Kate in a dark green evening dress and scarf by Jenny Pack­ham, plus £290 gold Oni­taa ear­rings from Pak­istan.

Wil­liam gave his first speech of the tour, urg­ing Bri­tain and Pak­istan to work to meet the chal­lenges they face to­gether over is­sues such as cli­mate change and ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. ‘ The chal­lenges ahead are great. But we can­not be daunted,’ he said. ‘In­stead we should draw strength from our shared bonds.’

The duke also spoke a few words of Urdu, say­ing ‘bahut shukriya’ – ‘a big thank you’ – and ad­ding that he and his wife had been hon­oured by the hos­pi­tal­ity of their hosts.

‘For a coun­try so young, Pak­istan has en­dured many hard­ships, with count­less lives lost to ter­ror and ha­tred. Tonight I want to pay trib­ute to all those who have en­dured such sac­ri­fice and helped to build the coun­try that we see to­day.’

Cool: Kate in a kurta by a lo­cal de­signer

Ar­riv­ing in style: A smil­ing Kate in the auto rick­shaw last night

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