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Marika86 06-29-2019 05:35 PM

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Official Visit to Pakistan - October 14-18, 2019
 
Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Further details will be advised in due course.

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/...82009619972098

Lumutqueen 06-29-2019 05:43 PM

What an odd time to announcement a Royal tour, 10:30pm on a Saturday evening. Another tour with no date but the same timeframe as the Sussexes tour in Africa.

ACO 06-29-2019 05:46 PM

It is so late. Strange announcement time. That said... I am surprised. I really thought it would be Japan. Roya said this will be a week long visit.

They also said Charles and Camilla have a tour coming as well. So three tours/visits around the same time. That will be interesting.

Marlo 06-29-2019 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Lumutqueen (Post 2235362)
What an odd time to announcement a Royal tour, 10:30pm on a Saturday evening. Another tour with no date but the same timeframe as the Sussexes tour in Africa.

According to Chris Ship, embargoed announcement. Lifted at 1030pm. Essentially it's for the Sunday Papers.

Well, they didn't make any front papers. They should have waited until tomorrow.

Princess Larisa 06-29-2019 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by ACO (Post 2235363)
They also said Charles and Camilla have a tour coming as well. So three tours/visits around the same time. That will be interesting.

This is normal, the royals usually have several tours in autumn.
My guess is:
September - Sussex tour
October - Cambridge tour
November - Wales tour



Pakistan makes sense, there is a huge number of Pakistani immigrants living in the UK. And Pakistan is a Commonwealth country.

Zaira 06-29-2019 08:38 PM

I am actually very excited about this tour.

Rudolph 06-29-2019 09:48 PM

“The Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the Royal Visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year.”

“The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of The Queen to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997.”

“The upcoming royal visit is a reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. The two countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.”

MOHAMMAD NAFEES ZAKARIA, HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR PAKISTAN

muriel 06-30-2019 02:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Marlo (Post 2235373)
Well, they didn't make any front papers. They should have waited until tomorrow.

Tour announcements rarely do.

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Originally Posted by Marika86 (Post 2235355)
Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Further details will be advised in due course.

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/...82009619972098

This should be an interesting tour. If I am not mistaken, it is over a decade since a senior member of the BRF visited Pakistan. With Imran Khan as the new PM, the timing could well be designed to help improve the level of engagement with Pakistan.

Countessmeout 06-30-2019 03:44 AM

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Originally Posted by muriel (Post 2235462)
This should be an interesting tour. If I am not mistaken, it is over a decade since a senior member of the BRF visited Pakistan. With Imran Khan as the new PM, the timing could well be designed to help improve the level of engagement with Pakistan.

Yes, the last royal tour was Charles and Camilla in 2006. The queen last went in 1997.

Definitely an unexpected announcement. Thought perhaps Japan. But maybe Charles and Camilla will be the first sent to Japan and Thailand to meet the new kings. It would be more fitting for the heir.

muriel 06-30-2019 03:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Countessmeout (Post 2235470)

Definitely an unexpected announcement. Thought perhaps Japan. But maybe Charles and Camilla will be the first sent to Japan and Thailand to meet the new kings. It would be more fitting for the heir.

I can certainly see C&C trudge to Japan and possibly, Thailand.

Mbruno 06-30-2019 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by muriel (Post 2235471)
I can certainly see C&C trudge to Japan and possibly, Thailand.




Prince Charles will probably attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito representing the Queen, so there is no need for a separate official tour of Japan. Besides, he met Naruhito many times before when he was still the Crown Prince. They know each other very well.


I must say Pakistan was a surprise to me. Although it is the most populated country in the Commonwealth after India, it is not a big economy and I wouldn't see it as a priority for the FCO in the post-Brexit era. Besides, it is a tour that will require extra security for the Duke and Duchess due to the ongoing level of terrorist activity in Pakistan.


It would make more practical sense if the Duke and Duchess also visited India after Pakistan, but if that were planned, it would have been announced already.

muriel 06-30-2019 07:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2235491)

I must say Pakistan was a surprise to me. Although it is the most populated country in the Commonwealth after India, it is not a big economy and I wouldn't see it as a priority for the FCO in the post-Brexit era. Besides, it is a tour that will require extra security for the Duke and Duchess due to the ongoing level of terrorist activity in Pakistan.


It would make more practical sense if the Duke and Duchess also visited India after Pakistan, but if that were planned, it would have been announced already.

I don't thik the Pakistant trip is about economics, it is about re-engaging the country after a difficult decade and a half.

Mirabel 06-30-2019 08:08 AM

Who originated the idea for this tour?
The British government, or the Pakistani?

Ista 06-30-2019 08:13 AM

What an interesting choice for the FCO, I wonder how this was decided. That said, I am very much looking forward to this one, and I'm especially looking forward to seeing which causes and initiatives the Cambridges choose to highlight during the tour.

MsLeonie 07-01-2019 02:37 PM

I hope they don't take the children with them. Pakistan is not a safe place. Too much ongoing terrorist activity. I will be worried about this trip even though I know there will be enhanced security.

Princess Larisa 07-01-2019 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MsLeonie (Post 2235982)
I hope they don't take the children with them.

It was already announced the children arenít going.

Somebody 07-01-2019 08:21 PM

An unexpected and diplomatically sensitive tour. William has shown he is able to handle those well.

MsLeonie 07-02-2019 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Princess Larisa (Post 2236027)
It was already announced the children arenít going.

Good. I hadn't read that. Thanks for letting me know.

Mbruno 07-02-2019 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by MsLeonie (Post 2236138)
Good. I hadn't read that. Thanks for letting me know.

In addition to the security concerns, the children will have already started the school year in the fall , wonít they ?

Rudolph 08-18-2019 11:23 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridgeís visit to Pakistan may be cancelled as tensions between Pakistan and India continue to soar over occupied Kashmir. (pakistantoday.com)

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