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Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal tour of Pakistan

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William and Catherine arrive by Tuk Tuk
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William and Catherine arrive by Tuk Tuk

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate kicked off a five-day tour of Pakistan on Tuesday amid much fanfare and tight security.

In pic: Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive by Tuk Tuk as they attend a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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​William and Catherine with Imran Khan
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​William and Catherine with Imran Khan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. They were scheduled to attend a cultural event later in the day.

Prince William thanked the president for his warm welcome and the hospitality extended to him and his entourage, the statement said.

In pic: Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Aa special reception
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Aa special reception

Authorities deployed more than 1,000 police and paramilitary forces to ensure the royal entourage's protection, setting up checkpoints and roadblocks in parts of the capital, Islamabad.

In pic: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to a guest as she attends a special reception with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, at the Pakistan National Monument in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Kate interacts with a student
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Kate interacts with a student

The royal couple's first engagements were visiting a school for girls in the capital followed by a tour of the nearby national park at Margalla Hills.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are strong advocates of girls' education, were greeted by teachers and children on their arrival at the Model College for Girls.

In pic: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, interacts with a student at a school on a visit to Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Kate in a royal blue traditional kurta
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Kate in a royal blue traditional kurta

Wearing a royal blue traditional kurta - a loose collarless shirt - and trousers, Kate sat with children in a classroom as Prince William shook hands with a teacher.

According to the United Nations' annual Human Development report, most Pakistani girls will drop out after primary school and on average go to school for seven years. Barely 27% of girls in Pakistan attend secondary school, the report said, compared to nearly 50% among boys.

In pic: Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Margalla Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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​Talking to local park rangers

Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Khan during his meeting with the royal couple recalled a conversation with William some 22 years ago about his ambitions of becoming prime minister.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan took to Twitter to note the visit is taking place months after British Airways resumed flights to Pakistan, over a decade after they were suspended in the wake of a truck bombing of a hotel in the capital, which killed dozens.

In pic: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk to local park rangers during a visit to the Margallah Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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​On arrival
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​On arrival

For security reasons, authorities shared limited details about William and Kate's itinerary, which is expected to include a visit to the country's scenic northern provinces and the historic eastern city of Lahore.

In pic: Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2R) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) receive flowers from Pakistani children upon their arrival at the Pakistan's Nur Khan military airbase in Rawalpindi.

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