Royal tour: Kate and William set for heart-aching visit during Pakistan stay today

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KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are set for an emotional day as they visit a community devastated by climate change.

The couple have been in Pakistan on a royal tour for the past three days and today will go to the Hindu Kush mountain range. The area is part of the Chitral district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It is renowned for its glaciers, described by William as “spectacular”, which are melting away.

Speaking before the visit yesterday, he said: “Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages.

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.

“Ladies and gentlemen, given the scale and complexities of the challenges that future generations will face, it is clear that we all need to work together.”

He added: “And whether it’s this generation or the next, I know that the UK and Pakistan will continue to exemplify the very best in international cooperation.”

Royal tour Kate and William set for heart aching visit during Pakistan stay today Image GETTY
Royal tour Kate and William set for heart aching visit during Pakistan stay today Image GETTY

Royal tour Kate and William set for heart-aching visit during Pakistan stay today (Image GETTY)

The couple have been in Pakistan on a royal tour for the past three days
The couple have been in Pakistan on a royal tour for the past three days (Image: GETTY)

The couple have been in Pakistan on a royal tour for the past three days (Image: GETTY)

The trip will be the first time the royal couple have seen a melting glacier in person.

They believe such a trip will highlight the devastating impact climate change is having on areas including the Pakistan village.

According to ITV, communities which are isolated suffer severe flash flooding due to global warming.

In recent years this has seen glaciers melt.

The trip will be the first time the royal couple have seen a melting glacier in person
The trip will be the first time the royal couple have seen a melting glacier in person (Image: GETTY)

The trip will be the first time the royal couple have seen a melting glacier in person (Image: GETTY)

During his speech yesterday, Prince William also highlighted the growing concerns over Pakistan losing its glaciers.

He said: “Whether in Pakistan or the UK or elsewhere on our planet – we face shared global challenges. The effects of climate change threaten the present and the future – and therefore demand a concerted effort by everyone.

“In Pakistan, your spectacular glaciers – and those of the wider Hindu Kush-Himalaya region – serve as a critical water store for a quarter of a billion people; and over 1.65 billion people rely on the great rivers that flow from the mountains in this part of the world.

“Yet, because the effects of global warming at altitude, a one and a half degree Celsius temperature increase overall could mean warming of over two degrees Celsius for northern Pakistan’s highest mountains.

It comes after the Cambridges sent Instagram wild following a post of the speech
It comes after the Cambridges sent Instagram wild following a post of the speech (Image: GETTY)

It comes after the Cambridges sent Instagram wild following a post of the speech (Image: GETTY)

“This could lead to a loss of over a third of these vital glaciers in less than a century, with enormous impacts not only on the availability of water, but on agriculture and hydropower generation.”

It comes after the Cambridges sent Instagram wild following a post of the speech.

The post has been viewed more than one million times already and has William delivering his heartfelt message.

During the speech, the future King of England praised Pakistan for the huge strides it had made in the 72 years of its existence.

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The Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

The Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

He also referenced previous visits to the country by his grandmother, the Queen and his mother Princess Diana.

The country has very poignant associations for William on account of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana’s first planned visit to the country had to be cancelled due to the military coup in 1990.

However she was determined to go at all costs and the trip was rearranged for the following year.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK