William, Kate back in Islamabad after mid-air storm drama

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Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived back in Islamabad Friday after spending an unexpected night in Lahore when thunderstorms forced their pilot to abort two landing attempts in the capital, reporters traveling with them said.

Prince William and his wife Kate ended up staying the night at a hotel in Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital, before finally flying back to Islamabad Friday morning, according to British royal correspondents on board their plane.

Kate Middleton was papped in another tradition wear as she donned a classic white shalwar kameez, carrying the look with grace. The royal couple will be returning to the UK today.

Their itinerary for the fifth day included visiting an army canine center in the federal capital before officially departing Friday afternoon.

A planned trip to the famed Khyber Pass — one of the two major border crossings into Afghanistan — was called off after the flight drama, however.

There has been no statement yet from Kensington Palace on Thursday’s mid-air drama, which reportedly saw the Royal Air Force pilot circle for an hour during one of the fierce thunderstorms that periodically hit Islamabad in October, before finally abandoning the attempt and returning to Lahore.

It came after the royals spent a busy day in the eastern city of Lahore, during which they played cricket, visited a children’s orphanage and a cancer hospital, and toured the iconic Badshahi Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques.

Kensington Palace had called the trip, the Cambridges’ first official visit to Pakistan, their “most complex” tour to date as the royals seek to boost ties between Britain and the second-largest country in the Commonwealth.

They have spent their five-day tour promoting causes such as girls’ education, conservation, and climate change awareness.

Extracted from AFP