Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

Kate Middleton wears a blue kurta by Pakistani designer on first official visit on royal tour

The traditional look was designed by designer Maheen Khan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their official tour of Pakistan. For her first official engagement, Kate Middleton wore a royal blue kurta by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.

For the visit, the royal chose a piece by local designer, Khan, who confirmed she designed the piece on Twitter, writing, "It is an honour to have been asked to create this outfit for the duchess."

When arriving in Pakistan on Monday, October 14, the royal wore a blue shalwar kameez by British label, Catherine Walker.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walks to visit a school during a trip to Islamabad, Pakistan October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ian Vogler
For the visit, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a kurta by Pakistani designer, Maheen Khan. Reuters

On their first full day in the South Asian country, the British royals have visited the Islamabad Model College for Girls, with the intention of highlighting the importance of education during their visit.

Ahead of their arrival in Pakistan, Kensington Palace said education will be a focus of the trip, in an official statement. The palace announced that the royals plan to "visit programmes which empower young people, and organisations that help ensure they have the best possible start in life.

"Access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women is one of the UK’s top priorities in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to spending time meeting young Pakistanis, and hearing more about their aspirations for the future."

When inside the school, the couple toured classrooms, posed for a photograph with the children and pulled up chairs, to chat to the students at their desks. The school teaches a broad age group, from kindergarten to sixth form students.

Updated: October 15, 2019 12:15 PM

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