The Duchess mixed British and Pakistani brands for midday appointments on Day Two of the Royal Tour of Pakistan. After this morning’s engagements at a local school and national park, the Duke and Duchess changed to more formal attire for a meeting with the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi and his wife, First Lady Mrs. Samina Alvi.
From The Telegraph’s coverage:
Welcoming the couple on their first tour of the country, President Alvi, 70, recalled running along Victoria Road in Karachi to catch a glimpse of the Queen during her 1961 State Visit.
“It was miraculous to see her,” he told William…
Below, HM and the Duke of Edinburgh during that 1961 visit.
The meeting was at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Presidential Palace in Islamabad.
Following that engagement, the couple then headed to the official residence and offices of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
More from The Telegraph’s coverage:
…the Duke of Cambridge was reunited with old family friend Imran Khan as they reminisced over a meeting in which he told Diana, Princess of Wales, he wanted to be Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister was recalling his friendship with Diana when journalists were allowed into his chamber for a few seconds to see the royal couple meeting him today at his official residence in Islamabad.
Below you see the Prime Minister in 1997 with his wife Jemima Khan, neé Goldsmith, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Ms. Khan and the late Princess were close friends, and Diana stayed with the couple on multiple occasions when visiting the country. The couple divorced in 2004.
CNN has an exclusive interview with the Prime Minister.
“[The] last time I met him he was a boy, along with Prince Harry, and they came with their mother to my ex-mother-in-law’s house,” Khan told CNN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
Diana often took her young sons to play in the garden at the Goldsmith family home in leafy Richmond Park, southwest London. Jemima’s mother, Annabel Goldsmith, was something of a mother-figure to Diana.
When asked how William responded, the Prime Minister said: “I think it was important for him to know how much she was loved in this country.”
According to a release on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, “While welcoming the Royal couple, Prime Minister Imran Khan recalled the love and affection among the people of Pakistan for Princess Diana, because of her compassion as well as commitment to support charitable causes.”
Town and Country has more on today’s meeting.
…today, it seems Khan’s conversation with William and Kate (at least what was reportedly publicly) was more focused on politics.
“When I went with my mother to see a test match my cousin was playing, and he scored a century [more than 100 runs], I told my mother I wanted to be a test cricketer,” Khan said, reflecting on his path from athlete to politician. “I never realized how difficult it was to eventually become one. Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed [as Prime Minister], I didn’t realize it would take me 22 years.”
The Express notes that William replied: “Sure. It’s not so easy,” and Kate said, “You stuck with it.”
Following the meeting, there was a luncheon at the Prime Minister’s residence.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for the formal meetings.
The Duchess was in a vibrant green piece by Catherine Walker over cream pants from Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.
The piece is similar in design to the Nero Coat Dress, described as a “dramatic coat dress… with sharp shoulders and a swing skirt” on the Catherine Walker site. The garment also features a Nehru collar and front buttons. It looks like the collar opening on the Duchess’s version is slightly wider at the front than what is seen on the model, and there is one less button.
I did receive a couple of questions about Kate having additional Catherine Walker pieces in this color; the only other design I recall is the coat dress first seen in Canberra during the 2014 royal tour and then worn again at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show.
The trousers are another design by Maheen Khan, who also created the ensemble worn this morning. They look very similar in design to that pair.
The Duchess’s scarf is by Satrangi, the private label collection from Pakistan’s Bonanza, a popular retailer with more than 80 stores. The retailer shared its happiness on social media that the Duchess wore the brand, saying, “We are truly humbled and elated to see the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a classy green stole by Bonanza Satrangi.”
The Green Chiffon Dupatta ($11) is a screen-printed piece that is available to order online; the company ships internationally. Below, a closer look at the print and the tassels on the ends of the dupatta.
Many thanks to Heaven for her identification of this item.
The Duchess wore her hair in a partial updo.
We’ll see you shortly for coverage of the couple’s final engagement of the day, a formal reception at the iconic Pakistan National Monument.
In case you missed our look at what Kate wore for the day’s earliest engagements, click here to visit that post.
The first :50 of this Global News video focuses on the meeting with the Prime Minister, followed by coverage of the day’s earlier engagements.
The Telegraph has roughly :45 of the meeting.
The Royal Family Channel offers about :40 video of the meeting.
This Daily Mail video covers the meeting with President Arif Alvi and First Lady Mrs. Samina Alvi.
This video is also of the visit with the President.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called on the President here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad today.
The President of Pakistan and the First Lady welcomed the Royal couple. #RoyaltourPakistan pic.twitter.com/Y8ykcOdkWn
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) October 15, 2019
- The Prime Minster’s Facebook post about the meeting and luncheon is here
- A Daily Express story and gallery may be seen here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here
- Town & Country’s coverage is here; a People story is here; a Hello! article is here; a PopSugar gallery is here
- The Fug Girls post covering all of today’s looks is here