Prince William and Kate Middleton follow in Princess Diana's footsteps as they comfort a young boy at the Pakistan cancer hospital she visited the year before her death

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are travelling around Lahore today during historic five-day royal tour
  • Prince William and Kate visit the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre
  • They go to children's ward to spend time with patients undergoing treatment at the hospital in Lahore
  • Hospital was built by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in memory of his mother who died in 1985

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The Duke of Cambridge comforted young children today at a cancer hospital visited by his late mother Princess Diana the year before she died, as he and his wife Kate continued their historic royal tour of Pakistan.

Prince William and Kate travelled from the capital Islamabad to the bustling city of Lahore today, where they had a busy schedule including a trip to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

At the state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore this afternoon, they visited the children's ward to spend time with patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, and spoke to a number of their families.

William and Kate met five-year-old Muhammad Samir in the chemotherapy ward, a boy who has Hodgkin lymphoma but wants to be a soldier. The Duke played with his fishing game as the pair tried to hook toy fish. 

Among the other children they met was Wafia Rehmani, a seven-year-old girl from over the border in Afghanistan, who has a kidney tumour. She wore matching toy tiaras with the Duchess and hosted a toy tea party on her bed.

Wafia wants to be a doctor and also showed the royals her toy medical set. The hospital was built by Pakistan's now Prime Minister, former cricketer Imran Khan, in memory of his late mother who died from cancer in 1985.

During his mother's illness, he witnessed the plight of poor cancer patients in his country's hospitals and vowed to build a facility that would be accessible to all, regardless of the status. 

Seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani wears matching toy tiaras with the Duchess of Cambridge and hosts a toy tea party on her bed today at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan

Seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani wears matching toy tiaras with the Duchess of Cambridge and hosts a toy tea party on her bed today at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan

Wafia Rehmani, seven, who is being treated at the hospital, wants to be a doctor and showed the royals her toy medical set

Wafia Rehmani, seven, who is being treated at the hospital, wants to be a doctor and showed the royals her toy medical set

Wafia Rehmani is a seven-year-old girl from over the border in Afghanistan who is being treated for a kidney tumour

Wafia Rehmani is a seven-year-old girl from over the border in Afghanistan who is being treated for a kidney tumour

Wafia clearly enjoyed wearing matching toy tiaras with the Duchess of Cambridge at the hospital in Lahore today

Wafia clearly enjoyed wearing matching toy tiaras with the Duchess of Cambridge at the hospital in Lahore today

Seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani wears matching toy tiaras with Kate and hosts a toy tea party on her bed in the hospital today

Seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani wears matching toy tiaras with Kate and hosts a toy tea party on her bed in the hospital today

William and Kate paid an emotional trip to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore today, as they played with Muhammad Samir, a five-year-old boy who has Hodgkin lymphoma but wants to be a soldier

William and Kate paid an emotional trip to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore today, as they played with Muhammad Samir, a five-year-old boy who has Hodgkin lymphoma but wants to be a soldier

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge learn about the state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge learn about the state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess shake hands with people outside the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess shake hands with people outside the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore today

The centre opened its doors in 1994 and in February 1996, 18 months before her tragic death, Diana, Princess of Wales visited accompanied by Mr Khan and his former wife, Jemima Goldsmith, a close friend of the royal.

Diana was on a private visit to raise funds for the hospital - as well as meet the family of her great love, Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan - but had been advised not to undertake the trip due to political tensions with the UK.

She was movingly photographed cradling a young patient receiving cancer treatment at the time, which she later cited as one of her most cherished images.

Today, an Afghan girl being treated for cancer wore matching tiaras with the Duchess as she hosted a toy tea party for the royal couple on her hospital bed.

Wafia carefully poured the Duke and Duchess pretend cups of tea from her plastic tea set, as they stopped at her bedside visiting the Shaukat Khanum hospital.

The visit saw the Royal couple follow in the footsteps of the Duke's mother, who twice visited the hospital in the Nineties when it was being set up by former cricketer Imran Khan.

Wafia, aged seven and from Parwan province north of Kabul, had carefully arranged her tea set and brought two plastic, bejewelled tiaras in advance for the visit. 

Diana said she valued the photographs of her with the children at the Pakistani hospital as fondly as any. Here she talks to a young patient during her two-day Lahore visit in February 1996

Diana said she valued the photographs of her with the children at the Pakistani hospital as fondly as any. Here she talks to a young patient during her two-day Lahore visit in February 1996

Jemima and Imran Khan was on as Diana receives flowers Diana during her visit to the hospital in 1996
Diana comforting children during her visit to the hospital in 1996

Jemima, now Jemima Goldsmith, watches on with her then-husband Imran Khan during Diana's visit to the hospital in 1996

'Her father calls her princess and she likes to wear a crown. Now she is looking forward to meeting a real princess,' her brother, Hedyatullah Rehmani, said as they waited for the couple to arrive at the children's chemotherapy ward. 

When the couple sat down beside her bed, Wafia offered the Duchess the tiara to wear and the Duchess accepted.

The couple were told that Wafia, the youngest of nine children with four older brothers and four older sisters, wants to be a doctor. She also showed them her toy medical set laid out on her bed.

Wafia has a kidney tumour and is on her second round of chemotherapy, after the illness reappeared following the first course. Doctors said they are optimistic about her recovery.

The couple also played with another boy, five-year-old Muhammed, who was being treated at the hospital for Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

When the couple arrived at his bedside they were told the boy, from Attock district in Pakistan, wants to join the army. The Duke picked up Muhammed's toy planes and a toy tank.'Do you want to be a soldier?' the Duke asked.

When the boy appeared curious about the press photographers, the Duke said: 'He's looking at all the cameras. That's Arthur there,' he said pointing to Arthur Edwards.

The Duke and Muhammed then played the boy's fishing game, competing to hook plastic fish from a revolving turntable. Muhammed easily beat the Duke. 'Sameer is doing rather well. It's very difficult, some of them don't even open their mouths,' the Duke complained.

The couple were later shown a suite where adults are given radiation treatment.

Imran Khan, now prime minister, founded the charity hospital after his mother, Shaukat Khanum, died from cancer in 1985. His mother's illness showed him the lack of cancer care in Pakistan and the need for specialised treatment, he said later. The hospital opened its doors at the end of 1994.

Mr Khan encouraged his friends to help with the fundraising and Princess Diana made two private visits to the hospital, in 1996 and 1997 to help. The hospital still relies on donations.

Dr Aasim Yusuf, chief medical officer at the hospital, guided the Princess around the hospital for her two visits and today showed her son around.

Recalling Princess Diana's visits, he said: 'We were all struck by how friendly she was. How she was able to put everyone at ease. We were all very nervous about what we should say and what she would ask and how we should address her. The minute she came into the room, she lit up the room obviously and also she was just so friendly and down to earth. You could tell that she was genuinely interested in the people she was meeting.'

Now showing her son around made him feel 'a lot older', he joked. 'It's a great honour and a privilege for us to be welcoming Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge today. It's a special honour that they have chosen to come and see our hospital again.' 

The Duke of Cambridge comforts young children today at the cancer hospital once visited by his late mother Princess Diana

The Duke of Cambridge comforts young children today at the cancer hospital once visited by his late mother Princess Diana 

The Duke and Duchess are given a guided tour of the hospital in Lahore as they learn about the treatment it provides

The Duke and Duchess are given a guided tour of the hospital in Lahore as they learn about the treatment it provides

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes the hand of a child as she meets people at the hospital in Lahore this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes the hand of a child as she meets people at the hospital in Lahore this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess speak to one of the young cancer patients at the hospital in Lahore this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess speak to one of the young cancer patients at the hospital in Lahore this afternoon

The 195-bed hospital accepts around 10,000 new cancer patients each year, including patients from neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 75 to 80 per cent of patients receive free treatment. Mr Khan remains chairman of the honorary board of governors.

Also today, the Duke today made an emotional visit one of the world's biggest mosques on his five-day tour of Pakistan, nearly 30 years after his late mother Princess Diana made a trip there.

Prince William and his wife Kate - wearing a green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan and headscarf - looked around the Badshahi Mosque, which is the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the walled city.

The royals toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders to understand how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities. 

The duke wore a cream linen suit and black socks with his shoes off, while the duchess went barefoot as they visited what is one of the country's most historic sights. 

William is following in the footsteps of both his parents with the visit. His mother Diana, Princess of Wales visited the site in 1991, and it was also included in the 2006 royal tour of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. 

The couple were at the Badshahi Mosque in the city, located to the west of the historic Lahore Fort, which was built by the Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671.

Kate and William were invited to take off their shoes as the duchess pulled her scarf respectfully into position. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk along the carpet during a visit to Badshahi Mosque at Lahore in Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk along the carpet during a visit to Badshahi Mosque at Lahore in Pakistan today

Kate and William at the mosque today
Kate smiles during the visit today

Kate smiles during the visit today to the mosque in Pakistan which is one of the biggest in the world

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque at Lahore in Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque at Lahore in Pakistan today

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan
Kate visit the Badshahi Mosque today

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan and headscarf at the Badshahi Mosque today

The Duke and Duchess arrive for their visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit to Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess arrive for their visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit to Pakistan today

Kate and William smile as they visit the mosque today
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque today

William and Kate visit the Badshahi Mosque today, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the walled city

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit today

Kate wears an emerald green headscarf with a matching shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan during the couple's visit today
Kate at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

Kate wears an emerald green headscarf with a matching shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan during the couple's visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit on the floor during a visit today to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit on the floor during a visit today to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

The duke wore a cream linen suit and black socks with his shoes off
The duchess went barefoot at the mosque today

The duke wore a cream linen suit and black socks with his shoes off, while the duchess went barefoot at the mosque today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile at each other as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile at each other as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The couple then walked through the courtyard towards the mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City.

Kate's headscarf revives memories of Diana's visit to Lahore landmark

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a traditional outfit and covered her head with a headscarf during her visit to Badshahi Mosque.

Kate opted for an emerald green headscarf and matching shalwar kameez with a gold trim by Maheen Khan during the fourth day of their royal tour.

The scene drew comparisons to a visit made by the duke's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991.

The princess wore a green coat dress by Catherine Walker - a designer worn by Kate during the Pakistan tour - when she made the visit some 28 years ago.

Earlier on Thursday, Kate wore another shalwar kameez, a traditional outfit of a long tunic blouse and trousers, this time in white and by Gul Ahmed.

The colour green has been a wardrobe staple for Kate during the visit, who chose a bold green coat shirt by Catherine Walker to meet prime minister Imran Khan.

She then dazzled in an emerald glittering gown by Jenny Packham at a reception later that evening.

Traditional outfits have been favoured by the duchess as she travels around the Islamic country for a five-day tour.

On arrival on Monday, the duchess opted for a turquoise ombre shalwar kameez also by Catherine Walker.

Kate then wore a royal blue kurta, a long-sleeves collarless shirt, to kick off her first full day of engagements on Tuesday.

Inside they were given a brief history of the building before being invited to sit down cross legged with a group of religious leaders and specialists for a joining a discussion with faith leaders to understand how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.

As they sat down a Prayer from the Holy Quran in Arabic was read out to which the couple listened intently.

Taking part in the discussion were: Rt Rev Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, the moderator of the Church of Pakistan and the Bishop of Peshawar; Azahar Ali Abidi, a Shi'a academic; Ramesh Singh, a member of the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Sikh; Dr Ramesh Kumar, Patron in Chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council; and Dr Ayesha Leghari, a Suni Muslim scholar.

William is understood to have asked a question of the group about how interfaith issues are promoted amongst young people.

Dr Ayesha Leghari said afterwards that the couple had been 'interested and empathetic listeners', saying: 'You have people who are interested listeners and people who are also empathetic and they were very empathetic. We were really pleased. They were very responsive and very charming.'

The royals were welcomed to the Badshahi mosque by Imam Abdul Kabir Azad and the Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin, who accompanied them across the vast square leading to the central building.

Inside, the couple were introduced to a group of scholars and religious leaders sat down on cushions — with the imam proudly telling William that his son Hafiz Abdul Razaq who read a passage from the Koran. William said, 'We've been learning all about the family history.'

Kate sat with her head down, William pensive beside her. 

The Princess of Wales wears a traditional shawl given to her during a visit to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore in September 1991
The  Princess of Wales, barefoot through observance of religious custom, receiving a prayer shawl at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore in 1991

Diana, Princess of Wales wears a shawl given to her during a visit to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore in September 1991

Diana takes a walk inside the historic Badshahi Mosque built by Mughal emperors on her visit to Lahore in September 1991

Diana takes a walk inside the historic Badshahi Mosque built by Mughal emperors on her visit to Lahore in September 1991

The first to speak was Dr Leghari, a Sunni Muslim scholar, explaining the verse. 'I was telling then how it is compulsory for us to respect other religions.

'God sent a messenger to every part of the globe and peace is to be attained through the process of growth.

'When we don't give importance to negative emotions like jealousy, violence and greed and we move towards a higher level of being where we are more loving and compassionate. It is part of our belief to respect other religions.'

She said: 'They were interested in finding out about how the youth thought about interfaith interactions.'

The session was moderated by Iona Thomas, political councillor at the British High Commission. 'We talked about how each faith teach acceptance. Then, we talked about the history of Pakistan and how when it was founded,' she said.

'We also talked about things that you can do to bring people together. The bishop talked about getting children to play cricket on mixed teams. And the duke asked quite a lot of questions about what more can be done about religious tolerance.' 

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today as the royal tour of Pakistan continues
Kate arrives at the mosque

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today as the royal tour of Pakistan continues

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City of Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City of Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess are welcome to the second-largest mosque in Pakistan
Kate and William are on a five-day tour of the country

The Duke and Duchess are welcome to the second-largest mosque in Pakistan today during their five-day tour of the country

William is following in the footsteps of both his parents with the visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

William is following in the footsteps of both his parents with the visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the interfaith meeting today at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the interfaith meeting today at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

The royals toured the mosque and courtyard in Lahore, before joining a discussion with faith leaders today

The royals toured the mosque and courtyard in Lahore, before joining a discussion with faith leaders today

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit of Pakistan between Monday and Friday this week
The royals tour the mosque in Lahore today

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit of Pakistan between Monday and Friday this week

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the grounds of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the grounds of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go on a tour of Badshahi Mosque in Lahore during their royal visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go on a tour of Badshahi Mosque in Lahore during their royal visit today

William is following in the footsteps of both Diana and Prince Charles with the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

William is following in the footsteps of both Diana and Prince Charles with the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

When they left they were told by Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin, 'If there's one word to describe your visit it is 'joy.' You have radiated joy wherever you have been .' And the duke said, 'We are very happy people.'

Earlier, the Duke and Duchess showed off their cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport today as they laughed while going into bat and bowl during their five-day tour of the country.

Their Royal Highnesses excitedly joined in a match with children who are participating in the British Council's DOSTI programme - Dosti means friendship in Urdu - at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

They met some of Pakistan's cricketing legends as they learned about the programme promoting sport as an integral part of child development, encouraging social integration, increased self-esteem and skills development.

William and the duchess both took turns hitting some soft balls in a game. There were cheers as the duke hit a six, while Kate was caught out twice after half a dozen balls - but they were deliberately dropped by the catchers.

The competitive couple often face off against each other in sporting events, including at a sailing regatta in the summer. After both taking a turn at the wicket, the couple high-fived the boys and girls they were playing with.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured today during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured today during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

Kate smiles as she is shown around the mosque today
The Duchess of Cambridge wears a green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan and headscarf for her visit in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan and headscarf for her visit in Lahore today

The Badshahi Mosque is one of the country's most historic sights and is part of the itinerary for the royal visit this week

The Badshahi Mosque is one of the country's most historic sights and is part of the itinerary for the royal visit this week

The mosque is one of the country's most historic sights and was visited by William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991

The mosque is one of the country's most historic sights and was visited by William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991

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The Duchess of Cambridge donned a headscarf as she and her husband toured a Mughal mosque in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a headscarf as she and her husband toured a Mughal mosque in Lahore today

The couple were at the Badshahi Mosque in the city today, located to the west of the historic Lahore Fort in Pakistan

The couple were at the Badshahi Mosque in the city today, located to the west of the historic Lahore Fort in Pakistan

Kate and William were invited to take off their shoes
The duchess pulled her scarf respectfully into position on arrival today

Kate and William were invited to take off their shoes as the duchess pulled her scarf respectfully into position on arrival today

The couple walked today through the courtyard towards the mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore

The couple walked today through the courtyard towards the mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore

William is understood to have asked a question of the group about how interfaith issues are promoted amongst young people
The couple visit the mosque in Lahore today

William is understood to have asked a question of the group about how interfaith issues are promoted among young people

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the fourth day of the royal visit today

William and Kate leave the mosque today
The Cambridges walk outside the mosque today

William and Kate leave the mosque today following their visit to what is one of largest structures of its kind in the world

The royal couple are on an official five-day visit to Pakistan, and made the trip to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The royal couple are on an official five-day visit to Pakistan, and made the trip to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess both admitted they could improve their cricket as they took part in the game with children and cricketing legends. 

Being the national game of Pakistan, there was pressure on them to perform and William rose to the challenge, scoring six.

Kate, meanwhile was caught out twice - but locals remained impressed with her enthusiastic efforts to hit the ball. She had sensibly swapped her heels for a white pair of trainers.

To make matters more challenging, female cricket stars Sana Mir and Ayesha Zafar were bowling. The two teams had a mix of boys and girls from underprivileged backgrounds aged between 10 to 14 years.

Some of Pakistan's biggest cricketing legends were also present and playing - including Hasan Ali, Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Waqar Younis - former captain of the Pakistan cricket team - was umpiring and was excited to see the couple as he had already met the Queen twice.

He said: 'I'm glad that they came - it was a great encouragement for these young kids.

On their skills, he joked: 'They probably need some homework! William told me he has played a lot of tennis - and that he really only played cricket when he was younger. But he said he can work on it!' 

A Prayer from the Holy Quran in Arabic was read out while the couple visited the mosque in Lahore today

A Prayer from the Holy Quran in Arabic was read out while the couple visited the mosque in Lahore today

William and Kate leave the mosque today
The Cambridges look out over the grounds of the mosque today

The Cambridges look out over the grounds of the mosque today during their visit to the site in Lahore

The Duchess of Cambridge brushes her hair and headscarf as she visits the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge brushes her hair and headscarf as she visits the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

William and Kate smile during their visit to the mosque today
The royals speak to each other as they leave the mosque

The royals speak to each other as they leave the mosque following their visit to the huge site in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on their royal tour to Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on their royal tour to Pakistan today

Kate and William were invited to take off their shoes as they approached the mosque in Lahore this afternoon
Kate and William smile during the visit to the mosque today

Kate and William were invited to take off their shoes as they approached the mosque in Lahore this afternoon

William and Kate were welcomed today by Imam Abdul Kabir Azad and the Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin

William and Kate were welcomed today by Imam Abdul Kabir Azad and the Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin

Kate and William smile for the cameras outside
The royals speak to each other today

William and Kate were given a tour of the holy site in Lahore on the fourth day of their royal tour of Pakistan today

William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building with the imam before being given a tour of the inside today

William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building with the imam before being given a tour of the inside today

William and Kate leave the mosque today
William and Kate talk to each other during the visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the Badshahi Mosque in the Pakistan city of Lahore

He said that the couple hadn't seemed nervous about their performance, saying: 'I was more tense than he was!'

Upon arrival, William appeared to be feeling the 86F (30C) heat and remarked to the children he was introduced to: 'Is it warm for cricket today?'

Two of the youngsters, Mohammad and Zairab, told the couple how they both had issues with confidence and discipline but now feel very empowered.

Fizza Abid, a cricket coach and manager of the women's cricket team, said: 'The couple seemed really happy to be there and asked what other sports the children liked. Kate asked how much sports helps these young people and we told her how much it helps.'

Adeeba, 14, asked the Duchess if she liked cricket.

Abid, who was helping to translate, said: 'The Duchess said she liked cricket - but is into tennis and swimming. She said she needs to practice cricket more! 

The duchess had bare feet, while the duke wore black socks with his cream linen suit for the visit to the mosque today

The duchess had bare feet, while the duke wore black socks with his cream linen suit for the visit to the mosque today

The Duchess bows her head during the visit
Kate smiles as she rearranges her outfit

The Duchess bows her head during the visit to the mosque in Lahore today during the tour of Pakistan today

Kate's visit today comes after the late Diana visited the religious site in 1991, on one of her visits to the Islamic country

Kate's visit today comes after the late Diana visited the religious site in 1991, on one of her visits to the Islamic country

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk across the red carpet as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk across the red carpet as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The royals walk through the mosque grounds
The royals visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City of Lahore during the trip to Pakistan today

The royals visit the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City of Lahore during the trip to Pakistan today

William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building in Lahore today during their tour of Pakistan

William and Kate walked on a red carpet through the holy building in Lahore today during their tour of Pakistan

Kate smiles during her visit
The royals pose for a photo at the mosque today

Today's visit to the Badshahi Mosque brought back memories of the duke's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales

The duchess had bare feet, while the duke wore black socks with his cream linen suit for the visit to the mosque today

The duchess had bare feet, while the duke wore black socks with his cream linen suit for the visit to the mosque today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today on the fourth day of the royal visit
The royals look around the grounds of the mosque today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today on the fourth day of the royal visit

Prince William and his wife Kate went on a walk around the grounds of the famous mosque in Pakistan today

Prince William and his wife Kate went on a walk around the grounds of the famous mosque in Pakistan today

Kate and William at the mosque today
Kate during the mosque visit

William and Kate were given a tour of the holy site in Lahore on the fourth day of their royal tour of Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an interfaith meeting at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an interfaith meeting at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The royals, pictured today, are on a visit of Pakistan this week at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The royals visit the mosque today

The royals, pictured today, are on a visit of Pakistan this week at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

'They were also asked if they liked Pakistan and said yes they do, that it was a really beautiful and vibrant country.'

She added that she had been impressed by how well the couple had played: 'William was very good, he got a six - Kate was good too but got caught out twice.'

In a speech, chairman of the club Ehsan Mani told the couple that the day would be 'something that they [the children] will never forget.'

As a 'token of our friendship,' three cricket bats were given to the couple for George, Charlotte and Louis. William joked about the one for Louis, saying: 'He'll grow into it!'

The DOSTI programme is a 'sports for peace' initiative that aims to break social barriers and promote community cohesion. It helps children facing challenges such as gang-related crime or low school retention.

It promotes sports as an integral part of children's lives and demonstrates the benefits to health, social integration, and self-esteem. There will be an opportunity to speak to the children to hear about how sports have helped their everyday lives and community. 

The Duchess of Cambridge gestures as she talks during her visit to Badshahi Mosque with the Duke in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge gestures as she talks during her visit to Badshahi Mosque with the Duke in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit on the carpet during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit on the carpet during a visit to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

Kate wears a headscarf for the visit to the mosque today
The duke wore a cream linen suit and black socks with his shoes off for the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

The duke wore a cream linen suit and black socks with his shoes off for the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

The trip by the Duke and Duchess today comes after the mosque was visited by William's mother Diana nearly 30 years ago

The trip by the Duke and Duchess today comes after the mosque was visited by William's mother Diana nearly 30 years ago

Kate visits the mosque in Lahore
The Duchess smiles as she sits on the carpet

Kate wears a headscarf as she visits the mosque in Lahore today, which is one of Pakistan's most historic sights

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at each other as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at each other as they visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to enjoy their visit to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today
Kate gestures while visiting the mosque

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to enjoy their visit to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City today during day four of the royal tour

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Badshahi Mosque within the Walled City today during day four of the royal tour

The couple pose for a photo
Kate and William look at each other today

The royal couple pose for a photo on the steps of the mosque in Lahore as the visit to Pakistan continues

The duke wore black socks with his shoes off, while the duchess went barefoot for the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

The duke wore black socks with his shoes off, while the duchess went barefoot for the visit to the mosque in Lahore today

Kate and William walk along the carpet in the grounds of the mosque
The royals arrive for their tour of the mosque today

Kate and William walk along the carpet in the grounds of the mosque as their tour around Lahore today continues

Kate wears an emerald green headscarf with a matching shalwar kameez for the visit to the Badshahi Mosque today

Kate wears an emerald green headscarf with a matching shalwar kameez for the visit to the Badshahi Mosque today

Kate walks through the grounds of the mosque today
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an interfaith meeting at Badshahi Mosque today during their visit to Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an interfaith meeting at Badshahi Mosque today during their visit to Pakistan

The royals toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders at the mosque today

The royals toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders at the mosque today

Kate looks around the grounds of the mosque today
The Duchess wears a headscarf at the mosque

The Duchess wears a headscarf looks around the grounds of the mosque in the city of Lahore today

The red carpet is laid out as media gather ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Badshahi Mosque today

The red carpet is laid out as media gather ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Badshahi Mosque today

William and Kate smile for a photo
The Cambridges smile as they look around the grounds of what is one of the world's largest mosques

The Cambridges smile as they look around the grounds of what is one of the world's largest mosques, in Pakistan today

The couple also had the chance to tell a story to children with finger puppets today as they visited the SOS Children's Village, a centre for local orphans in the heart of the city which was established in 1977.  

Kate gives her first speech on Pakistan tour at SOS Children's Village 

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke today at the SOS Children's Village in Lahore, which was her first speech during her five-day royal tour with Prince William. 

She said: 'Assalam O Alaikum. Emaan, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria.

'We've had such an amazing time walking around the village and learning all about your lives. We have been really moved and touched by what we have seen, and by the happy home you have made.

'I'm aware that many of you have experienced extremely difficult times in your lives. But it is inspiring to see how you have used your strength and positivity to help transform the lives of so many young children here.

'Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture.

'Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles – you have reminded us exactly what family means.

'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

'Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined.

'Together as a village you are transforming children's lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.

'You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life.

'Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.

'Now onto the most important part. Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal ap sub ko salgirah bohat bohat mubarik ho. Thank you again for having us here.'

The SOS Children's Village, which is attached to a school, provides a home and family structure to over 150 young girls and boys, and promotes the development of children into happy, confident and resilient adults.

William and Kate joined a birthday party for one of the children, which involved games, music and traditional Pakistani cakes, and the duchess said a few words, her first speech of the five-day tour.

They will later make a trip to the same cancer hospital visited by Diana in the year before her death. Earlier, the royals were given a red carpet welcome at Lahore Airport as they met the city's governor.

The SOS Children's Village provides a home and family structure to over 150 orphaned children from babies to age 18, and promotes the development of them into happy, confident and resilient adults.

Built over ten acres, it started out with 15 family homes, to which another four have since been added. Touchingly, one of the homes was donated by a man called Mohammed Afzal, who grew up in the village and is now a successful Hong Kong-based businessman.

He is one of a number of success stories, with children going on to become bankers, IT specialists, army officer, teachers, textile workers and government employees.

The original site, the first to be built in Pakistan, had no provision for education, with children sent to outside schools.

But it was quickly realised that the best possible eduction could only be offered by creating its own school on the site.

The couple began by sitting in on a musical story telling session and were given brightly-coloured finger puppets to play along with.

'It's very nice to be here,' said Wiliam, 'My name is William.... I am called William. How old you you?

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.'

The couple then went into a private meeting with seven children who live in one of the boarding houses and their 'house mother'. 

The Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she plays cricket today during a visit to Lahore's National Cricket Academy
Prince William gets ready to bat in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh as they play cricket today during their visit to Lahore's National Cricket Academy

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket during her visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket during her visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate goes to bowl the ball during the visit to Lahore
Kate goes in to bat during the royal visit

Kate goes to bowl the ball during the visit to Lahore, before going in to bat at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show off their cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show off their cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport today

Kate laughed and clapped her hands while going into bat and bowl
Kate plays cricket during the Pakistan tour today

Kate laughed and clapped her hands while going into bat and bowl during the royals' five-day tour of the country.

The Duchess of Cambridge reacts and laughs while playing cricket during her visit at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duchess of Cambridge reacts and laughs while playing cricket during her visit at the National Cricket Academy today

The royal couple excitedly joined in a match today with children participating in the British Council's DOSTI programme
William smiles as he prepares to bat today

The royal couple excitedly joined in a match today with children participating in the British Council's DOSTI programme

The Duke and Duchess pose for a group photo as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore in Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess pose for a group photo as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore in Pakistan today

Kate plays cricket in Lahore today
The Duchess of Cambridge today learned about the programme promoting sport as an integral part of child development

The Duchess of Cambridge today learned about the programme promoting sport as an integral part of child development

Kate joins in a match today with children in the British Council's DOSTI programme, which encourages social integration

Kate joins in a match today with children in the British Council's DOSTI programme, which encourages social integration

The programme visited by the royals in Lahore today aims to improve the self-esteem and skills development of children
William watches after hitting the ball in Lahore today

The programme visited by the royals in Lahore today aims to improve the self-esteem and skills development of children

The Duchess of Cambridge hits the ball during a visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today on the Pakistan tour

The Duchess of Cambridge hits the ball during a visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today on the Pakistan tour

Kate applauds while playing cricket in Lahore today
Kate throws the ball while playing cricket

Kate laughs as she throws the ball while playing Pakistan's national sport at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

William hits the ball with his Pakistan Cricket Board bat during the royal visit to the National Cricket Academy today

William hits the ball with his Pakistan Cricket Board bat during the royal visit to the National Cricket Academy today

The Duchess of Cambridge throws the ball today as she shows off her cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport
Kate is watched as she throws a ball during the cricket game today

The Duchess of Cambridge throws the ball today as she shows off her cricketing skills while playing Pakistan's national sport

Kate joins children participating in the British Council's Dosti programme for a match of Pakistan's national game today

Kate joins children participating in the British Council's Dosti programme for a match of Pakistan's national game today

William and Kate are at the event at the National Cricket Academy
Kate is also meeting international cricketing legends today

William and Kate are at the event at the National Cricket Academy where they will meet international cricketing legends today

Kate goes to bat the ball while joining in a match with children participating in the British Council's DOSTI programme today

Kate goes to bat the ball while joining in a match with children participating in the British Council's DOSTI programme today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet people at today's cricket showcase at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore
Kate is greeted at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet people at today's cricket showcase at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go out to bat during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go out to bat during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

Kate picks up the ball during the cricket match today
Kate smiles during the visit to Pakistan today

Kate picks up the ball during the cricket match at the National Cricket Academy in Pakistan today

The couple both took turns hitting some soft balls in a game of cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The couple both took turns hitting some soft balls in a game of cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate joined children in the British Council's Dosti programme today
The Dosti programme promotes sport as a part of child development

Kate joined children in the British Council's Dosti programme today, which promotes sport as a part of child development

William and Kate were introduced to a number of cricketing figures at the ground today after playing in the match

William and Kate were introduced to a number of cricketing figures at the ground today after playing in the match

There were cheers as the duke hit a six today
Kate was caught out twice after half a dozen balls today

There were cheers as the duke hit a six, while Kate was caught out twice after half a dozen balls today

Afterwards they were invited to celebrate three of the children's birthdays - Iman, 12, Ibrahim, six, and eight-year-old Daniyal by singing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and helping them to cut a cake.

Kate began an address in a greeting in Urdu, before wishing the three youngsters a happy birthday. 

How Lahore has a turbulent history dating back nearly 800 years 

Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city and the capital of Punjab province, has a history of violence that dates back it being sacked by a Mongol army in 1241.

The same forces repeatedly attacked it until 1398 when it fell under the control of the Turkic conqueror Timur.

But in 1524 it was captured by the Mughal Bābur's troops, which began its golden age under the Mughal dynasty when it became a royal residence.

By the 18th century it was an Iranian empire outpost, before being associated with the rise of the Sikhs.

But following the death of ruler Ranjit Singh in 1839, it passed under British rule in 1849 and did not receive independence until 1947.

Its historic landmarks include the 36-acre Lahore Fort, the huge mosque at Badshahi and the Shalimar Garden.

Today more than six million people live in the financial hub, where major industries include textiles and rubber.

In her first speech of the tour the duchess said: 'We've had such an amazing time walking around the village and learning all about your lives.

'We have been really moved and touched by what we have seen, and by the happy home you have made.

'I'm aware that many of you have experienced extremely difficult times in your lives. But it is inspiring to see how you have used your strength and positivity to help transform the lives of so many young children here.'

She continued: 'Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture.

'Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles – you have reminded us exactly what family means. 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.

'Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined.

'Together as a village you are transforming children's lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.

After both taking a turn at the wicket, the couple high-fived the young boys and girls they were playing with on the pitch

After both taking a turn at the wicket, the couple high-fived the young boys and girls they were playing with on the pitch

Kate hits the ball during the cricket match today
The Dosti programme visited by Kate and William in Pakistan today promotes sport as a part of child development

The Dosti programme visited by Kate and William in Pakistan today promotes sport as a part of child development

The Duke of Cambridge goes out to bat during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

The Duke of Cambridge goes out to bat during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

The competitive couple often face off against each other in sporting events
Kate plays cricket in Pakistan today

The competitive couple often face off against each other in sporting events, and played cricket in Pakistan today

The Duke of Cambridge hits the ball during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme in Lahore today

The Duke of Cambridge hits the ball during a visit to see the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme in Lahore today

Kate laughs during the cricket match today
Kate and William both went in to bat

Kate and William both went in to bat as they played cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her cricket abilities after picking up the bat during their Pakistan royal tour today

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her cricket abilities after picking up the bat during their Pakistan royal tour today

Kate hits the ball during the cricket match today
Kate goes to hit the ball during the match

Kate hits the ball during the cricket match today at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate goes to hit the ball while playing in a cricket match with her husband in Lahore today

Kate goes to hit the ball while playing in a cricket match with her husband in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the National Cricket Academy
Kate and William both take part in the cricket match

Kate and William both take part in the cricket match in Lahore today as their tour of Pakistan continues

The DOSTI programme is named after the word meaning friendship in Urdu. Kate is pictured playing cricket in Lahore today

The DOSTI programme is named after the word meaning friendship in Urdu. Kate is pictured playing cricket in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a group photo as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a group photo as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she visits the National Cricket Academy in Lahore during the royal tour of Pakistan today

The Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she visits the National Cricket Academy in Lahore during the royal tour of Pakistan today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to young players as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to young players as they visit the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate speaks to cricket players during the match today
William hits the ball during the cricket match today

Kate speaks to cricket players and Prince William hits the ball during the match in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shake hands with child participants at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shake hands with child participants at the National Cricket Academy today

Kate meets people taking part in the cricket programme at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate meets people taking part in the cricket programme at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Kate speaks to youngsters before playing cricket
Kate arrives at the National Cricket Academy today

Kate arrives at the National Cricket Academy today where she is introduced to youngsters taking part in the programme

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet youngsters at the cricket showcase at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet youngsters at the cricket showcase at the National Cricket Academy today

Kate arrives at the National Cricket Academy
Kate changes into more comfortable shoes for playing cricket

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for her visit of the National Cricket Academy in Lahore during the royal tour today

LAHORE, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Prince William, Tduring their visit of the National Cricket Academy during day four of their royal tour of Pakistan on October 17, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. The British Council runs the DOSTI program to promote sport as an integral part of child development. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The couple talk to players during their visit of the National Cricket Academy during day four of their tour to Pakistan today

The British Council runs the DOSTI programme to promote sport as an integral part of child development in Lahore
Kate arrives at the National Cricket Academy

The British Council runs the DOSTI programme to promote sport as an integral part of child development in Lahore

The royals talk with child participants of the British Council's DOSTI programme at the National Cricket Academy today

The royals talk with child participants of the British Council's DOSTI programme at the National Cricket Academy today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to players during their visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to players during their visit to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Children at the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme, a sports for peace initiative, await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at National Cricket Academy in Lahore today the fourth day of the royal visit to Pakistan

Children at the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme, a sports for peace initiative, await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at National Cricket Academy in Lahore today the fourth day of the royal visit to Pakistan

Media await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

Media await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the British Council's DOSTI cricket programme today

Cricket players warm up ahead of Prince William and Kate visiting the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

Cricket players warm up ahead of Prince William and Kate visiting the National Cricket Academy in Lahore today

'You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life.

How orphans at the SOS Children's Village have become bankers, army officers and IT specialists

The SOS Children's Village is a charitable organisation in the heart of Lahore established in 1977.

The Village, which is attached to a school, provides a home and family structure to over 150 orphaned young girls and boys from babies to age 18, and promotes the development of children into happy, confident and resilient adults.

Built over ten acres, it started out with 15 family homes, to which another four have since been added.

Touchingly, one of the homes was donated by a man called Mohammed Afzal, who grew up in the village and is now a successful Hong Kong-based businessman.

He is one of a number of success stories, with children going on to become bankers, army officers, teachers, IT specialists, textile workers and government employees.

The original site, the first to be built in Pakistan, had no provision for education, with children sent to outside schools.

But it was quickly realised that the best possible education could only be offered by creating its own school on the site.

'Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.'

Iman, who has been at the Village for three years, said: 'It 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.'

Umma Kashmir, 39, was left at the village at three months old and never knew her parents.

'I was here for 25 years and am now married with three children and I have done my PHD and lecture at university in management sciences, ' she said proudly.

'I never saw my parents and I never asked who they were. This was my family, they loved and cared for me. I didn't feel the need to find out.

'I was really delighted to be invited and to meet them. They seemed very impressed by what they saw here. It was an honour.' 

William, accompanied by his wife, Kate, travelled from the capital Islamabad to the bustling city of Lahore today, where they will later make a trip to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. 

The couple were greeted this morning by officials and a posy of flowers before going into the airport terminal for a private meeting with the Governor of Lahore, and the Duchess looked ethereal in ivory as she arrived. 

Kate, wearing a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheem Khan, kept her husband, Prince William, waiting for a few moments before they stepped off their official RAF Voyager plane. 

The Duchess was also wearing Asprey's Woodland Oak Leaf hoop earrings. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell a story to children with finger puppets today in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell a story to children with finger puppets today in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today during their tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today during their tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entertain the youngsters during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entertain the youngsters during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The SOS Children's Village, which is attached to a school, provides a home and family structure to young girls and boys

The SOS Children's Village, which is attached to a school, provides a home and family structure to young girls and boys 

William and Kate visit SOS Children's Village today, a charitable organisation in the heart of the Lahore established in 1977

William and Kate visit SOS Children's Village today, a charitable organisation in the heart of the Lahore established in 1977

More than 150 young girls and boys are helped by the SOS Children's Village in the city of Lahore in Pakistan
The royal visit to the SOS Children's Village today

More than 150 young girls and boys are helped by the SOS Children's Village in the city of Lahore in Pakistan

William and Kate join a birthday party for one of the children at the SOS Children's Village today which involves games

William and Kate join a birthday party for one of the children at the SOS Children's Village today which involves games

William tells a story during the visit to the SOS Children's Village
The duchess says a few words during the visit to the SOS Children's Village today

The duchess says a few words during the visit to the SOS Children's Village today, which is her first speech of the five-day tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a storytelling session during their visit to SOS Children's Village today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a storytelling session during their visit to SOS Children's Village today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell a story as they meet with youngsters at the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell a story as they meet with youngsters at the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to staff as they visit the SOS Children's Village organisation in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to staff as they visit the SOS Children's Village organisation in Lahore today

The Children's Village in Lahore has been running since 1977 and provides a home for 150 children

The Children's Village in Lahore has been running since 1977 and provides a home for 150 children

Kate is presented with flowers during the royal visit
Kate waves during the royal visit

Kate is presented with flowers during the royal visit to the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess visit the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today to meet local orphan girls and boys

The Duke and Duchess visit the SOS Children's Village in Lahore today to meet local orphan girls and boys

Britain's Prince William looks closer at flowers he and the Duchess of Cambridge are given at SOS Children's Village today

Britain's Prince William looks closer at flowers he and the Duchess of Cambridge are given at SOS Children's Village today

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks animatedly during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks animatedly during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge waves during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duchess of Cambridge waves during a visit to SOS Children's Village in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted at Lahore Airport in Pakistan this morning by officials and a posy of flowers

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted at Lahore Airport in Pakistan this morning by officials and a posy of flowers

Kate is saluted as she walks off the plane
Kate kept her husband, Prince William, waiting for a few moments before they stepped off their official Voyager plane today

Kate kept her husband, Prince William, waiting for a few moments before they stepped off their official Voyager plane today

The royal couple smile as they are greeted by the welcome party at Lahore this morning before going into the airport terminal

The royal couple smile as they are greeted by the welcome party at Lahore this morning before going into the airport terminal

The couple are having a private meeting with the Governor of Lahore
The Duchess looked ethereal in ivory as she arrived

The couple are having a private meeting with the Governor of Lahore, and the Duchess looked ethereal in ivory as she arrived

Kate wears a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheem Khan as she steps off the plane at Lahore Airport today

Kate wears a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheem Khan as she steps off the plane at Lahore Airport today

William laughs as he gets off the plane
Kate and William walk along the red carpet at Lahore Airport following their arrival this morning as the royal visit to Pakistan continues

Kate and William walk along the red carpet in Lahore after their arrival this morning as the royal visit to Pakistan continues

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a salute as she gets off the RAF Voyager plane at Lahore Airport in Pakistan today

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a salute as she gets off the RAF Voyager plane at Lahore Airport in Pakistan today

The Duchess gets off the plane today
Kate and William are holding a private meeting with the Governor of Lahore today

The Duchess gets off the plane today before she and William held a private meeting with the Governor of Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport today on the fourth day of their royal tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport today on the fourth day of their royal tour of Pakistan

Kate, wearing a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheem Khan
Kate steps onto the red carpet in Lahore

Kate steps onto the red carpet in Lahore today wearing a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheem Khan

Kate steps off the plane at Lahore Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport during their tour of Pakistan today to meet the city's governor

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport during their tour of Pakistan today to meet the city's governor

The royal couple appear to share a joke as they walk down the steps from the plane at Lahore Airport this morning

The royal couple appear to share a joke as they walk down the steps from the plane at Lahore Airport this morning

Kate and William smile as they get off the plane in Lahore today
The couple travelled on the RAF Voyager to the capital of Punjab today to continue their royal tour of Pakistan

The couple travelled on the RAF Voyager to the capital of Punjab today to continue their royal tour of Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk at Lahore Airport in Pakistan today following their arrival this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk at Lahore Airport in Pakistan today following their arrival this morning

Kate wore a white shalwar kameez - a traditional outfit of a long tunic and trousers - by Gul Ahmed, in Lahore today
Kate arrives at Lahore Airport for the royal visit today

Kate wore a white shalwar kameez - a traditional outfit of a long tunic and trousers - by Gul Ahmed, in Lahore today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Lahore this morning for the fourth day of their Pakistan royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Lahore this morning for the fourth day of their Pakistan royal tour

Kate and William smile as they get off the plane
Kate is in good spirits in Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear in good spirits today as they get off the plane in Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport today to meet the city's governor during their royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lahore Airport today to meet the city's governor during their royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Lahore Airport today to meet the city's governor during their royal tour
Prince William and Kate step onto the red carpet at Lahore Airport

Prince William and Kate are given a red carpet welcome at Lahore Airport in Pakistan this morning during their royal tour

The royal couple arrive in Lahore today on the British Government's Voyager aircraft which has been supplied by the RAF

The royal couple arrive in Lahore today on the British Government's Voyager aircraft which has been supplied by the RAF

Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Pakistan hospital and mosque

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