British Prince William and his wife Kate began a five-day visit to Pakistan today, with a welcome ceremony and strong security measures.
The royal couple first visited a girls’ school in Islamabad’s capital and then toured a nearby national park in the Margalla hills.
Authorities have deployed more than 1,000 police and military forces to look after the royal couple’s safety.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are strong advocates for women’s education, were greeted by teachers and children in women’s school.
According to a United Nations annual report, 27 percent of girls in Pakistan attend high school, while most drop out of primary school after seven years of school.
Reporters who are reporting about the British royal family said that Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to send William and Kate to such an important visit is an expression of her great trust in the two.