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Royals' rickshaw ride to Pakistan banquet

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive by rickshaw for a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG at the National Monument in Islamabad (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in style to a special reception in Pakistan, opting for a rickshaw as they wrapped up the second day of their official royal tour.

Prince William and his wife Kate travelled in the colourful cart to the historic Pakistan Monument in Islamabad on Tuesday evening for an event hosted by Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan.

A speech by the Duke was due to show the UK's support for the Commonwealth country, which he is anticipated to call a "key partner and friend".

Kate wore a glittering emerald dress by Jenny Packham, while William wore a similar-coloured traditional sherwani buttoned coat by Karachi-based designer Naushemian.

The event was to showcase Pakistani music and culture, and the couple were to meet individuals from business, the creative arts, music and the film industry and members of government.

A busy itinerary on their first full day in the capital Islamabad earlier saw the royal couple meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and visit two education programmes, including a government-run school for students aged between four and 18.

The meeting between the Duke and Mr Khan saw the pair reminiscing about the ex-Test cricketer speaking of his political ambitions more than 20 years ago.

He was a friend of William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who had taken the young duke to visit him and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith.

Earlier on Tuesday, William and Kate met students at an Islamabad Model College for Girls, discussing education with a group of older students and visiting the classrooms of younger students.

The royal couple also toured a national park in the capital Islamabad before meeting President Arif Alvi and first lady Samina Alvi.

William and Kate are the first royals to visit the Commonwealth country during Mr Khan's premiership following his election in 2018.

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