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Pakistan Day Four: A Birthday Party, Cricket Match & the Duchess Delivers a Speech

On Day Four of the Royal Tour, the Duke and Duchess traveled to Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. It is also considered the country’s cultural capital.

Lahore is about an hour south of Islamabad by plane. 
The couple was welcomed by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, and their families at Lahore Airport.

The day’s first engagement was at SOS Children’s Villages.

The organization is “the largest child welfare organisation in the world. It focuses on providing community projects including schools, medical centres, agricultural projects, vocational training, and production centres” per the SOS site, and there are currently ten SOS villages in Pakistan.

SOS Villages provide a family structure lifestyle for over 150 boys and girls. Each home “….serves as a home for orphan and underprivileged children. This is where they make new friends, develop family bonds, and are given a house that is as close to a natural family as possible. Growing up in such an environment gives children a sense of belonging and creates family ties where there might be none.”

The Duke and Duchess were given finger puppets, and Kate read a story.

More from Richard Palmer’s story for The Express:

After asking each of the children’s ages, he asked one little boy: “How old do you think I am?”

“Twenty one,” offered the child. “I’ll take twenty one, that’s good! “ he laughed.

““I am a little bit older than that. Can you guess? I have my own children. A little boy called Louis and then there is Charlotte and them George, who is six. He’s almost as old as you.”

Kensington Palace shared a video of Kate reading to the children while William joined along with his finger puppet.


The Duke and Duchess then met and chatted with staff and supporters of the children’s home.

The royals joined in a birthday celebration for Iman (12), Ibrahim (6), and Daniyal (8).

Ibrahim is on the left in this photo; Iman is on the far right, and Daniyal is hidden behind the cake.

At the party, Kate delivered a speech.

The Duchess spoke about how she and William saw the importance of family in Pakistani culture. More from People’s story:

“Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles — you have reminded us exactly what family means,” she continued. “You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives. Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters.”

“These vulnerable children, many who have come through traumatic circumstances, are nurtured in this caring environment and are able to form these quality relationships that they so desperately need to thrive.”

Kate ended her remarks by offering birthday wishes to all three birthday children in an impressive attempt at Urdu, the Pakistani language:

“Assalam O Alaikum,” she said. “Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria.” (Translation: “Hello. Peace be upon you. Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal, thank you for inviting us to your birthday celebration.”)

Below, a video shared by Rebecca English of The Daily Mail of the Duchess giving her speech:


More from People:

Iman, who has been at the village for three years, told reporters, “It was very nice to meet the Prince and Princess. I am so happy and thankful to have them to celebrate my birthday.”

She added, “Her Urdu was very good!”


They were given some beautiful flowers before leaving. 

Next up, it was time for some cricket at the National Cricket Academy

The Duke and Duchess meeting players from the academy.

The royal couple spoke with students about the benefits of playing cricket.

The official post about the visit notes that the Duke and Duchess played in a match with children from the British Council’s DOSTI program, which “promotes sport as an integral part of children’s development and encourages social integration, increased self-esteem and the development of important life skills.”

Prince William was up first. 

Kate takes a turn at bat. 

A wide shot of the setting.

We learn more from Architectural Digest:

The gorgeous Gaddafi Stadium, formerly known as the Lahore Stadium, towered over the field, providing a stunning backdrop to the afternoon festivities. Designed by famous architect and engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan, the stadium was built in 1959 and renovated several decades later, in 1996, for the Cricket World Cup finals. Architect Nayyar Ali Dada, who oversaw the renovation in 1996, redid the stadium in the Mughal style, with signature red, hand-laid brickwork and arches. It is to this day the largest cricket stadium in all of Pakistan.

The Duchess enjoying a good laugh.
ITV’s Lizzie Robinson tweeted a video of Kate playing.


Kate always seems to enjoy herself at sporting engagements. 

Two more images.

The couple after they finished playing. 

Then it was time to get ready for a group picture. 

The result. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore. The Duchess was in a custom salwar kameez by Gul Ahmed, a popular Pakistani brand. 

The tunic featured an embroidered design, side slits, long sleeves. The embroidery motif underscores Kate’s sartorial diplomacy skills, as it includes jasmine, Pakistan’s national flower. In this montage, you see a shot of one of the front fastenings on the piece in the upper left corner. It looks like three crystals or beads placed together. 

More about the brand from The Daily Mail’s coverage:

The heavily embroidered design donned by Kate, as the pair jetted in from Islamabad, is from one of Pakistan’s biggest high street retailers, Gul Ahmed. The brand has been in business since the early 1900s, ships globally and has 100 shops across the country, and even an office in the UK.

This is a somewhat-similar style from the company. 

Her dupatta is from a now-familiar name, Maheen Khan. It was tough finding closeups of the piece; these are the best I could come up with. 

Her shoes are by J. Crew. They are the Lucie Suede Pump ($218, available in larger sizes) in a color called Ashen Brown. Made in Italy, the style features a d’Orsay cut, point-toe design, and 3″heel. The shoe is also offered at Zappos ($110 and in-stock in a mix of sizes), but it has a different style name: the Colette. 

Many thanks to @katemiddstyle and @katesclosetau for the ID!

For the National Cricket Academy visit, Kate traded her J. Crew pumps for a pair of Hampton Canvas ‘Plum’ trainers ($50) by Trotters, UK.

You may remember seeing Princess Charlotte and Prince George wearing the same style.

At the airport, the Duchess carried her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry in ‘buttercream’ suede. (Our photo shows the item in leather.)

It is one of three colors she owns; the others are black and a cranberry color. The Duchess wore her hair down when arriving in Lahore. 

But pulled it back in a ponytail for the cricket engagement. 

Kate had on her Asprey Oak Leaf Earrings.

A few quick editorial notes:

  • Apologies for the delay in getting the rest of the Pakistan coverage finished and posted.  I have had some obligations that consumed more time than anticipated.
  • There will be a What Kate Wore 2020 Calendar, and we’re fortunate enough to be showcasing royal photographer Mark Stewart’s fabulous work again! It will be a little later than usual because of the time lost when recuperating from surgery.
  • Kate’s Calendar here on the site is updated to reflect her attendance at a function next Tuesday when the Duchess will attend a reception the Queen is hosting at Buckingham Palace for NATO leaders and delegations

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone enjoying the holiday this week!


The Royal Family Channel has more than 4-1/2 minutes of coverage from the SOS CHildren’s Villages visit.

For cricket coverage, the Royal Family Channel offers more than three minutes of video.



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Sunday 16th of August 2020

Amazing post. Very informative. So I’m very grateful. I loved every part of her outfit. Even the shoes changes. Very practical for playing cricket.


Friday 29th of November 2019

This was such a sweet salwar kameez from Gul Ahmed, and all the better for being savoured a few weeks later. At the time it was overshadowed for me by the intense colours of Kate’s sequin Packham evening gown and the glories of her opulent Maheen Khan kameez outfit at the Badshashi mosque. I wondered when we first saw this at the delicacy of the embroidery in such a keenly priced garment, and I recall similar dazzlement at such work when we were buying these styles back in another age when I was – once—young. The capture of the heavenly jasmine is just amazing, and it is no small compliment to the label that it sits so well with a classy Khan dupatta and those superb Asprey earrings, their leafy theme chiming neatly with the floral salwar pattern.

I loved too that the Gul Ahmed transferred so neatly to cricket whites and a humble pair of Trotters slip-on trainers, of which I have two pairs myself, so comfy are they. I shall probably be looking out for a third colour next summer… I also loved the J Crew Lucie pumps with their classy cut out sides, which I must now memorise as a d’Orsay cut. How classy is that??

Absolutely delighted to hear the WKW calendar is on its way, looking forward to it so much, I keep these as reference guides myself, they are sooo well produced. Looking forward muchly to next Tuesday at Buck House!


Friday 29th of November 2019

Thank you again, Susan, for your wonderful coverage of the Pakistan tour. These salwar kameez outfits are "growing" on me... they do look comfortable and are quite graceful. I wonder if they'll ever become a fashion item in the States? Kate, as always, looked great -- happy and confident. I thought it was very clever to switch shoes and hair styles for the two different events. I think she looks wonderful in this very light cream color and I adored her lower heels and seemed to fit in quite well with the other ladies. It certainly surprised me that they are still quite tall at 3 inches. Yikes, after all the taller heels, these looked so much shorter. Every time she wears flats, I applaud her a little more. ;-)

Mary Ann

Saturday 30th of November 2019

I agree with you about the gracefulness of these outfits. Everyday during the tour with each day's outfit more beautiful than the last, I'd think, Wow I'd love to wear that.


Saturday 30th of November 2019

I was thinking the same thing about the salwar kameez outfits, Patty. The style seems comfortable and practical and is probably flattering on most body types, and clearly can be very beautiful when the focus is on the fabric and details of the cut. I would be so happy if these became more easily available in the States.


Thursday 28th of November 2019

Though some do not like the Lucie pumps, I can well understand why she wore them - they are very comfortable. The embroidery on the salwar kameez does balance the pumps. I would say that when one sees them in person, they do not have a heavy look to them.


Thursday 28th of November 2019

Susan, I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say there’s no need for you to ever apologize for a delay in your posts! They’re always well worth the wait and I’m really enjoying revisiting the tour of Pakistan since your coverage is so detailed and thorough; it almost makes me feel like I was there with them. ?

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