Duchess of Cambridge returns to children’s orphanage in Pakistan after flight was grounded in storm

epa07933950 Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits a SOS Village in Lahore, Pakistan, 18 October 2019. The royal couple is on an official five-day visit to Pakistan from 14 to 18 October. It is the first royal visit to the country in 13 years. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL / POOL STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2019

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to a children’s orphanage during their royal tour to Pakistan at her request after their flight was grounded by a storm.

The royal couple had been forced to sleep overnight in the Punjab capital when their RAF Voyager plane was unable to return to Islamabad because of bad weather and turbulence.

As aides hastily redrew the tour schedule, cancelling a trip to the Khyber Pass, the Duchess said she wanted to return to the village where she had spent Thursday morning.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on royal tour
 Britain’s William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit a SOS Village in Lahore, Pakistan, 18 October 2019. The royal couple is on an official five-day visit to Pakistan from 14 to 18 October. It is the first royal visit to the country in 13 years. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

The 10-acre site established in 1977 is attached to a school and provides a home and family structure to over 150 orphaned young girls and boys ranging from babies to 18-year-olds.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on royal tour
Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits a SOS Village in Lahore, Pakistan, 18 October 2019. The royal couple is on an official five-day visit to Pakistan from 14 to 18 October. It is the first royal visit to the country in 13 years. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL 

On their return visit, the couple met some of the young “graduates”, who had been supported by the SOS Village and gone on to mentor some of its younger residents.

 

Via The Telegraph

 

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