Prince William, Kate to be guarded by 1,000-officer 'ring of steel' in Pakistan
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, will begin their five-day visit to Pakistan today (October 14) on behalf of the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth office and the security for this visit is said to be the highest of any royal tour in history.
“The most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations,” according to Kensington Palace, and will include a deployment of more than 1,000 police in Pakistan, the British media reports suggest.
It will be the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Pakistan since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla traveled to the south Asian country. Previously, the Queen visited in 1961 and 1997, and Princess Diana traveled there on a solo trip in 1991.
No details of their itinerary have been revealed yet and they will be a secret until the day of the engagements. The royal duo arrive in the country on Monday will visit both the capital Islamabad and the city of Lahore.
The official statement sais that the trip “will range from the modern, leafy capital of Islamabad to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West.”
The are also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan who was a friend of Princess Diana and his former wife Jemima.
The Telegraph reported the the aim of the visit is “to secure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Pakistan hopes the visit can repair the country's image.”