Compiled from The.Ismaili, the Royal Family Channel and Hello Magazine
(with links to other excellent photos and reports)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a trip to The Aga Khan Centre in London on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The Royal Couple were met by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, outside the centre, before heading inside to learn about modern Pakistani culture. The visit was arranged with the cooperation of the High Commission of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess are due to embark on a tour of Pakistan between October 14th to 18th.
Hello magazine and the.Ismaili report that the Royal Couple met a range of people from Pakistan, including community leaders, those involved in British and Pakistani business, and key figures within the diaspora community, including musicians, chefs and artists.
Guests at the event included the High Commissioner of the UK to Pakistan, Thomas Drew CBE, writer Shazia Mirza, conceptual artist Rasheed Araeen, MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmoud Ahmed, comedian Adil Ray, recording artist Shahid Khan, and award-winning architect Saira Hussain.
President of the Ismaili Council for the UK, Naushad Jivraj, explained that, “Today’s event celebrated the longstanding relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and the British Royal Family. It was an honour to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to the Aga Khan Centre. Today, the Ismaili community is present in various countries of the commonwealth, including the UK, where we are making a significant contribution to civil society.”
Matt Reed, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), said “It was wonderful to be part of today’s event hosted by His Highness the Aga Khan in cooperation with His Excellency the High Commissioner of Pakistan. For over a century, AKDN has worked towards the sustained improvement of quality of life in Pakistan, through schools, health centres, civil society, and more. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were interested to learn about our work, ahead of their official visit to Pakistan later this month.”
Upon their departure from the Aga Khan Centre, the Duke and Duchess stopped to meet and converse with a group of schoolchildren, including hard-of-hearing children, from the Kings Cross Academy.
More photos, reports and a video
- See more beautiful photos of the visit in the Daily Mail by clicking here.
- Additional reporting in Pakistan’s leading dailies, The Dawn and The News.
- Also watch short video at KCTV, Kansas City
The Aga Khan Centre
Date posted: October 2, 2019.
Last updated: October 3, 2019.
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