William and Kate arrived back in Islamabad on Friday morning, about 18 hours after they were meant to land. The couple had to spend the night in Lahore after their plane got caught in an electrical storm on Thursday night.
Today, they stepped out for their last engagement of their Pakistan royal tour. Prince William and Kate took puppies through their paces on a visit to Islamabad’s Army Canine Centre, which is modelled on the UK’s Defence Animal Training Centre at Melton Mowbray.
The couple also joined dog handlers as they train dogs to recognise and scout out hidden explosive materials.
The UK has provided training and advice to the Pakistan Armed Forces for more than a decade and currently helps to breed and train dogs to identify explosives, by supporting the Pakistan Counter Improvised Explosive Device programme.
For the Army Canine Centre visit, Kate stepped out in a pair of white trousers, which she paired with a Beulah London Flora Coat in black. She completed the look with a pair of black shoes from Russell & Bromley.
The couple spent Thursday daytime exploring Lahore, visiting the Badshahi Mosque and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.
William and Kate had to overnight in the city after a terrifying electrical storm forced their plane to abandon its landing in the Pakistani capital. They stayed at the Pearl Continental Hotel in the capital of Punjab overnight following two aborted landings by the RAF Voyager pilot.
“Those big flashes are the RAF Voyager, carrying William, Kate and traveling media, going through [lightning] – two aborted landings at Islamabad due to the storm and we’re back in Lahore,” tweeted Press Association reporter Emma Louise Bowden.
Once the turbulence had calmed down, William did his best to put their fellow passengers at ease. He went to check with the travelling media if they were all okay. “I was flying!” the former air ambulance pilot joked.