Compiled from The.Ismaili, the Royal Family Channel and Hello Magazine
(with links to other excellent photos and reports)

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Aga Khan Centre on October 2, 2019.

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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.

His Highness the Aga Khan with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Pakistan's High Commissioner
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mohammed Nafees Zakaria, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Aga Khan Centre in London on October 2, 2019. Photo: The Ismaili / Anya Campbell
His Highness the Aga Khan with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, overlooking the Garden of Light at the Aga Khan Centre. Photo: The Ismaili / Anya Campbell
His Highness the Aga Khan in conversation with the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, His Excellency Mohammad Nafees Zakaria
Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, His Excellency Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, at the Aga Khan Centre in London. Photo: The Ismaili / Anya Campbell.

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.”

His Highness the Aga Khan with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Ismaili Leaders including Shafik Sachedina, Naushad Jivraj and Nagib Kheraj
Mawlana Hazar Imam introduces Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Naushad Jivraj, President of the Ismaili Council for the UK. Photo: Kensington Palace.

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.” 

The Duke of Cambridge signs the guest book at the Aga Khan Centre, as Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Duchess of Cambridge look on. Photo: The Ismaili / Anya Campbell.

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.

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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

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The Aga Khan Centre

Hi Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Charles open the Aga Khan Centre in London's King Cross.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, HRH The Prince of Wales opened The Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Situated at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre, designed by Maki and Associates, led by Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan’s most distinguished contemporary architects, provides a new home for a number of UK based organisations founded by His Highness the Aga Khan: The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Aga Khan Foundation UK (AKF UK). Photo: The Ismaili.

Date posted: October 2, 2019.
Last updated: October 3, 2019.

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