Their Royal Highnesses (TRHs) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited Lahore – the bustling, vibrant culture capital of Pakistan.
They began their day by visiting the SOS Children’s Village, a charitable organisation at the heart of Lahore that provides a home and family structure to over 150 young children. The Duke and Duchess then joined a birthday party for one of the children, which games, music and traditional Pakistani food.
TRH then visited the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. To enjoy Pakistan’s most popular sport they participated in a match with children from the British Council’s DOSTI programme. DOSTI promotes sport as an integral part of children’s development and encourages social integration, increased self-esteem and the development of important life skills. The Duke and Duchess also had the opportunity of meeting Pakistani cricketing icons Waqar Younis, Hasan Ali, Sana Mir and others at this event.
In the afternoon TRH visited the iconic Badshahi Mosque for a tour and a discussion with faith leaders to better understand how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.
Finally, the Duke and Duchess visited to start-of-the-art Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. This was visited previously by the late Princess of Wales. The Duke and Duchess took time to visit the children’s ward, talking to patients undergoing treatment at the hospital and some of their families.