The royal couple’s outing on Wednesday is part of their desire to see the effect that climate change and global warming are having on the local communities in the northern region of the country.
Upon arrival, the royals were presented with traditional Chitrali hats as they landed in Chitral the Hindu Khush, near the Afghan border. Kate sported her traditional hat with a warm shawl and colorful embroidered jacket she was also given, which she placed over her leather vest, brown shirt tucked into a belted skirt and flat boots. William, who was given a long white embossed coat, placed his new accessory over his green button-down and slacks.
For William, the visit had another poignant meaning as his late mother Princess Diana visited Chitral during her first solo visit to Pakistan in 1991. Diana was also given a Chitrali hat during her visit, very similar to the same traditional-style cap Kate wore during the Wednesday event.
Pictured against the backdrop of mountains and a dazzling blue sky, Kate was handed the bright white hat with a feather and badge at the front as she and her husband arrived in the mountains of the north of the country.
Video: William & Kate were given a book of photos of Princess Diana’s visit here in 1991. The Cambridges have now got back into their helicopter 🚁 to visit the Chiatibo Glacier in Broghil National Park 🗻⛰🏔#RoyalVisitPakistan pic.twitter.com/LGGAakWF4J— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 16, 2019
The royal pair were also delighted to be shown a book of pictures of Diana from when she visited the mountainous northern area in 1991. “Ha, ha, ha! The same hat!” William said when flicking through the pages commemorating her visit. Kate added: “Very special.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given the gifts at an official welcome to the area of Chitral, in northern Pakistan, where they are spending the day highlighting environmental concerns.
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Men usually wear the Chitrali hats but Princess Kate was handed one as she is an esteemed VIP visitor — like Diana was during her visit.
The gift-giving took place as the royals headed to the Chiatibo Glacier by helicopter in Broghil National Park, situated in the Chitral District of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.