The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived on Monday in Pakistan for the start of their royal tour. However, on their first full day, Kate found herself in an awkward situation already. The two royals visited a government-run school in the capital, Islamabad.
In the video footage, William exits the car first and is saluted by the waiting soldier.
They then shake hands.
Kate comes from the far side of the car and sticks her hand out for a handshake directly after William.
However, it is the soldier’s duty to salute her as a greeting first of all.
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Kate awkwardly waited for a handshake
Unfortunately, this leaves Kate’s hand out, awkwardly waiting for a handshake.
The solider quickly obliges after dropping his salute.
The Duke and Duchess chat with him for a moment before walking on.
The Pakistan trip has already been dubbed “the most complex tour” a royal have ever undertaken.
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Security concerns have been raised due to the tricky diplomatic situation in the area.
Pakistan borders Afghanistan, India and Iran.
As Kate and William touched down in Pakistan, many royal watchers noted that the Duchess’ dress was extremely reminiscent of a similar outfit worn by Princess Diana in 1996.
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Kate wore a Catherine Walker outfit with a nod to Pakistan’s national dress – as it included a flared kurti, a long shirt, and trousers.
The Duke and Duchess met Imran Khan, the now Prime Minister and former cricket star who has a strong connection with William’s late mother.
William recalled how everyone laughed at a gathering in Richmond-upon-Thames in 1996 when Mr Khan announced his political ambition to the then-teenage Prince William and his mother Princess Diana.
Mr Khan, who was elected Pakistani Prime Minister in July 2018, suggested it had been as hard a slog as his earlier career as a Test cricketer.
He said: “I never realised how difficult it was to eventually become a professional cricketer. Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed I didn’t realise it would take me 22 years.”