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Prince William and Kate Middleton land in Pakistan capital after aborted flight

Prince William and wife Kate Middleton on an official tour in Pakistan. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Islamabad, Pakistan Oct 18, 2019, 01.43 PM (IST)

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate landed in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Friday, after turbulence forced the couple to stay overnight in Lahore.

On Thursday an RAF Voyager carrying the royals, who are on a four-day official visit to Pakistan, aborted landings in Islamabad and nearby Rawalpindi due to severe turbulence.

The couple on a five-day visit met Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. They also toured a school and a national park in the capital Islamabad where they chatted with children and admired their drawings.

The trip, which focused on climate change and access to education, has been described by palace officials as the most complex the couple have undertaken due to security issues.

Foreign policy experts and officials have said the trip, the first by a British royal family member in more than a decade and made at the request of the British foreign office, represented a soft power push, which may help both sides further their diplomatic aims.

It comes as Britain seeks to reinvigorate its foreign relationships as the deadline looms for its departure from the European Union, while Pakistan works to repair its global image to boost tourism and investment.

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On Thursday an RAF Voyager carrying the royals, who are on a four-day official visit to Pakistan, aborted landings in Islamabad and nearby Rawalpindi due to severe turbulence.