Kate Middleton and Prince William were in central London to meet Muslim spiritual leader His Highness Aga Khan ahead of their Royal Tour to Pakistan later this month
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting ready for their Royal Tour of Pakistan, their first major oversees trip in almost two years.
Ahead of their visit, which begins on October 14, the couple met Muslim spiritual leader His Highness Aga Khan at an event celebrating the country’s culture.
They spent the afternoon at the Aga Khan Centre in central London, which works to promote understanding about Muslim cultures and to connect the public to global development issues.
During their time there they chatted with Mr Khan, who is the 49th Imam of Nizari Ismailism, which is a denomination that has between 10 and 15 million followers.
After the visit Kate and Wills shared a behind-the-scenes photo of their chat with him to mark the occasion.
The caption, which was also translated into Urdu, read: “Less than two weeks to go until Royal Visit Pakistan.
“Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined His Highness The Aga Khan for a special event at the Aga Khan Centre, ahead of their official visit to Pakistan later this month.
“Organised in co-operation with the High Commission of Pakistan, today’s event showcased modern Pakistani culture, and saw The Duke and Duchess meet a range of people from Pakistan, including community leaders, those involved in British and Pakistani business, and key figures within the Diaspora community, including musicians, chefs and artists.
“The Aga Khan Development Network has been working in Pakistan for over a century to improve the quality of life, promote pluralism, and enhance civil society.”
Mr Khan is a business owner and racehorse breeder with a net worth of around £2.45bn.
Kate wore an emerald green ARossGirl dress for the event, accessorised with earrings by Pakistani designer Zeen.
They will be the first members of the Royal Family to visit the country since Prince Charles and Camilla’s last tour there in 2006.
Princess Diana had also travelled to Pakistan in 1996.
Pakistan previously welcomed news of the trip, with ambassador to Britain Nafees Zakaria tweeting: “Upcoming Royal visit reflects the importance UK attaches to Pakistan.
“Both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen them further.”
The five-day trip is Kate and William’s first major tour since January 2018, when they visited Sweden and Norway.