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Ahead of Pakistan visit the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet the Aga Khan in London

The royal couple met the spiritual leader at London’s Aga Khan centre

In a matter of weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark upon an official visit to Pakistan. Ahead of the visit, the couple met with the Aga Khan in London on Wednesday, October 3, where they met members of the British Pakistani community.

For the visit, held at Aga Khan Centre in Kings Cross, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a green and emerald Aross Girl x Soler London dress, thought to be a sartorial nod to the colour of Islam and the national colour of Pakistan.

The couple met the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, along with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK, Nafees Zakaria.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet the Aga Khan in London, Britain, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet the Aga Khan in London, Britain on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Reuters

Of the visit, Mahmood Ahmed, chairman of the UK's Aga Khan Development Network, said: "This is an opportunity for their highnesses to come to the Aga Khan Centre, which is an important building here in London ... This building promotes the notions of pluralism and also represents our network which does a lot of work in the developing world.

"We have a special relationship with Pakistan, but because of their royal highnesses’ upcoming visit there, we decided to invite them here so they could meet the Pakistani diaspora and people from different walks of life based here in the UK."

He added: "It introduces them [Kate and William] to Pakistan. It gives them an opportunity to talk a little bit to people from there and to get a flavour of where they are going."

The British royals due to visit Pakistan from Monday, October 14 until Friday, October 18.

Updated: October 3, 2019 04:12 PM

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