Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge experienced a frightening event as they traveled in a Royal Air Force jet that was attempting to land when the aircraft was involved in a lightning storm, forcing the plane to circle for two hours.
According to a report published by USA Today, the couple departed from Lahore, Pakistan in the evening but ran into a fierce storm as the plane tried to land in Islamabad, where the couple had been staying since the beginning of their tour on Monday, October 14.
“Despite the best efforts of the pilot to land the RAF Voyager at two different airports, the plane had to turn back to Lahore. The flight was meant to take about 25 minutes, but the plane was in the air for two hours,” reported People Magazine.
A Twitter post made by Emma Louise Bowden, a British Press Association reporter on the plane, showed the scary lightning strikes the plane experienced before two aborted landings at Islamabad and a return to Lahore.
The publication also reported that William and Kate’s staff and British High Commission officials had to rearrange the couple’s tightly-packed itinerary after the aborted landing, shuffling events around so all their previously scheduled obligations would be met.
The couple reportedly continued with their tour later in the day and returned to Islamabad, where they visited a program that trains dogs to detect explosive devices.
Those big flashes are the RAF Voyager, carrying William, Kate and travelling media, going through lighting – two aborted landings at Islamabad due to the storm and we’re back in Lahore @PA pic.twitter.com/6q45Em3E53
— Emma Louise Bowden (@emmabowds) October 17, 2019
The Inquisitr previously reported that the couple paid homage to Willliam’s late mother, Princess Diana, by visiting the children’s ward at the free Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, founded by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Diana famously visited the hospital to speak with and encourage patients in the late 1990s.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Wafia, aged seven, for tiaras and tea at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The @ShaukatKhanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was built by Pakistan Prime Minister @ImranKhan.pti — who The Duke and Duchess met earlier on their visit to Pakistan — and is Pakistan’s largest tertiary care cancer hospital. In 1996 and 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales visited the hospital — today The Duke and Duchess visited the children’s ward at the hospital, where they spent time with patients undergoing treatment, and spoke with their families. ???? Kensington Palace #RoyalVisitPakistan #Pakistan
The couple also visited SOS Children’s Village, where Kate delivered a speech, and the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Duke and Duchess toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders to learn how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities. #RoyalVisitPakistan pic.twitter.com/nzDQqtLoLq
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 17, 2019
Also during their tour, the couple visited the Islamabad Model College for Girls and championed the importance of quality education, highlighting how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers.
They also met the Prime Minister and President of Pakistan and visited the Pakistan National Monument. There, the couple, who are poised to become the King and Queen of England one day, celebrated the very best of Pakistani music and culture.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Pakistan! ڈیوک اور ڈچز آف کیمبرج پاکستان تشریف لا چکے ہیں۔ The Duke and Duchess’s first official visit to the country will pay respect to the historical relationship between Britain and Pakistan, but will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today — a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation. ڈیوک اور ڈچز آف کیمبرج کا پاکستان کا پہلا شاہی دورہ برطانیہ اور پاکستان کے مابین تاریخی تعلقات کی عزت افزائی ہے، لیکن زیادہ تر توجہ موجودہ دور کے پاکستان بحیثیت ایک متحرک، زندہ و جاوید اور دور اندیش ملک کی ترویج پر ہوگی۔ From the modern leafy capital Islamabad, to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West, the visit will span over 1000km, and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes. شاہی دورہ جدید طرز پر تعمیر شدہ سر سبز دارالحکومت اسلام آباد سے زندہ دلوں کے شہر لاہور، عظیم پہاڑی سلسلوں پر مشتمل شمالی علاقہ جات اور مغرب کی جانب ناہموار سرحدی علاقوں تک ہزار کلو میٹر سے زائد سفر پر مشتمل ہوگا۔ اس دوران پاکستان کی بھرپور ثقافت، مختلف ثقافتوں پر مشتمل آبادیوں اور اس کے خوبصورت مناظر سے آگاہی اور لطف اندوز ہونے کا موقع ملے گا۔ ???? Kensington Palace #RoyalVisitPakistan #pakistan
William’s official comments during his and Kate’s visit to the National Monument were filled with hope and reflection for the longstanding relationship the monarch and the country have had throughout the years.
“I am struck by the great strides Pakistan has made since its birth seventy-two years ago. The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, The Queen, first visited over half a century ago. And with successive visits by my mother [Princess Diana] and my father [Prince Charles], this view has continued to change, with the city constantly growing and with it my family’s affection for Pakistan,” William said.
He was quoted in a post on Instagram alongside a photo of the couple taken during their first evening in the country.
The couple is wrapping up their tour today before returning to London and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.