On Tuesday, continuing with the theme of education, William and Kate heard how Pakistan is working to meet several of the Sustainable Development Goals, as they joined children from three local schools at the Margalla Hills, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas.
While there Prince William revealed his son George was a huge fan of lizards!
The couple were shown a slideshow of animals found in the park, including leopards, cape hares and porcupines. Once a monitor lizard was flashed up, Prince William revealed: “George would love that.”
George’s interests in animals doesn’t surprise us as the Cambridge family are well known for their love of animals. They even have a pet of their own, their dog Lupo, a beloved spaniel.
Prince William and Kate touched down in Pakistan Monday evening for their five-day tour of the country alone, leaving their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, at home.
However, it was revealed that the couple planned the beginning of the trip directly around their oldest kids’ schedules. Their departure from the UK yesterday was planed so that they could do the school run before they left.
During the presentation by Rab Nawaz, senior director of programmes at WWF Pakistan, the Duke was also impressed by footage from northern Pakistan of a snow leopard chasing a markhor sheep across steep rocky slopes. “Look at it, it’s incredible, absolutely incredible,” he said.
The royals were shown a camera trap strapped to a tree, which is designed to take pictures of some of the animals mentioned, including leopards.
William and Kate started the day with a visit to the Islamabad Model College for Girls. The Model College for Girls is a government-run school for the disadvantaged four to 18-year-olds, benefiting from the Teach for Pakistan programme based on the UK’s Teach First scheme.
They sat down at the tiny tables where the students were sitting to shake their hands and chat with the little boys and girls. A student told the prince that the girls were ‘big fans of your mother’.
Prince William gave a broad, slightly wistful, smile and said: “You were, really? Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too.
“She came here three times. I was very small. This is my first time and it is vey nice to be here and meet you all.”
Whilst visiting another classroom discussion with a group of teenage girls, Kate said: “This part of the visit is really important to us, the issue of girls and education.” The Duke spoke of the UK’s aim of teaching young people about mental health as he was leaving the school.
The couple later had lunch with Prime Minister Imran Khan. Then they will attend a special reception at the National Monument in their first full day of engagements.