A few weeks ago, we learned that autumn will be particularly busy for the favorite royal couples of all.
Right after the palace confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be traveling to South Africa with little Archie in tow, we learned that it was not the only overseas tour on the program. Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel to South Asia.
More specifically, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark
during a royal tour to Pakistan. This is a landmark visit for the royal family. While
they have summer
nonstop tour for years, no royal contingent has visited the country of
Pakistan for 13 long years.
It's an interesting destination choice for sure. But now
Royal fans worry that it will be dangerous too. So why Prince William
and Kate Middleton heading towards the unstable country despite the risks?
The Royals stopped traveling to Pakistan for security reasons
The big question about everyone
the spirit is: why exactly did the royal family stop traveling to Pakistan? Well,
security is the main thing.
At present, even British citizens are not invited to visit Pakistan. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has posted a warning on its website not to visit parts of Pakistan, highlighting the risks of "terrorism, kidnapping and sectarian violence throughout the country, including the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi ".
"Foreigners, especially Westerners, can be directly targeted," warns the note of information. The site recommends avoiding major events or gatherings, especially religious events. There were only two terrorist attacks in May 2019. "The terrorists will most likely try to launch attacks in Pakistan," the FCO said.
Conditions have improved in Pakistan
Although the situation has been tense for a while, recent years have shown improvements and travel is now safer than it was ten years ago. Even with these scary warnings from the FCO still in effect.
Wajid Shamsul Hassan, former High Commissioner for Britain, explained:
there had been no royal visit since 1997, it was only for security reasons.
After the 2014 military operation [where armed forces took on militants],
now things have improved.
"British Airways has resumed flights [from London to
Islamabad]and security issues related to diplomatic missions have been improved.
Pakistan is now considered a security station, "he said.
Even with better conditions, Prince William and Kate Middelton
leave their three young children at home during the historic visit.
They did not say if it was for security reasons, but we can assume that
was a consideration.
The safety officer for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be
There is also the obvious detail that most travelers do not have
a full-time security team follows them. If someone was going to feel
to travel safely to Pakistan is Prince William and Kate Middleton.
In addition to their own teams, the country's officials, they will be
the visits will also enhance security throughout the duration of their visit. With
potential for improving relations between the two countries, this visit
will have to go perfectly. Especially with the whole world watching.