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Royal tour day 2: Prince William and Kate Middleton dazzle at glamorous evening reception in Pakistan - best photos

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a jam-packed day of engagements on day two of their visit to Pakistan. The royal couple, who landed at Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan on Monday evening, began their first full day in the country with a visit to a school in central Islamabad, where they met with pupils aged from four to 18 to hear how they are benefitting from the Teach for Pakistan programme, a fast-track teacher training programme modelled on the UK's Teach First scheme. The parents-of-three showed their natural affinity with children as they spent time with the young pupils, with William seen cracking jokes as the royal couple spent time in the classroom. Caring Kate, who chose to wear a royal blue kurta, a traditional long shift blouse overtrousers, for the visit, also proved to be a big hit and was seen laughing with a small group of children as she knelt down to speak to them at their work table.

Continuing the theme of education, the couple later joined children from three local schools in the Margalla Hills, which sit in the foothills of the Himalayas. William and Kate then had lunch with Prime Minister Imran Khan and ended their first full day at a reception hosted by the British High Commission at the city's stunning National Monument, which will showcase the very best of Pakistani music and culture. Guests included figures from the country's music and film industry and creative arts, the world of business and politicians.

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The mother-of-three showed her natural affinity with children during the school visit.

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William shook hands with one of the schoolchildren as he sat down in the classroom. During the visit, he spoke to one of the teachers about the importance of young people learning about mental health. 

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William and Kate happily posed for a photograph with children and staff from the school, located in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city.

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Kate fully engaged with pupils and teachers during the school visit; her eldest two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are both now enrolled at Thomas's Battersea.

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The royal visitors proved to be a big hit in the classroom!

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Kate looked elegant in a periwinkle kurta - a loose collarless shirt worn in many regions of South Asia - with hand-embroidered detailing, which she teamed with matching trousers, and a scarf, all created by local designer Maheen Khan. Havig worn tan heeled shoes from New Look, costing just £23.99, for her visit to the school, Kate swapped her footwear for Russell & Bromley's £185 'Xpresso' Crossover Flats for her time in the Margalla Hills.

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The Duchess kept her jewellery to a minumim, opting for her drop earrings by Zeen, which retail for just £6, and her striking sapphire engagement ring.

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William and Kate joined children from three schools in the Margalla Hills to help them set up a leopard camera trap and identify and remove plants that are threatening the natural environment. The engagement will show the royal couple how Pakistan is working to meet Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Duchess sported her $10 beaded chandelier earrings by Pakistani brand Zeen for the second day of the tour, after wearing them for her arrival. 

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Kate swapped her New Look heels for a pair of Russell & Bromley crossover flats to walk through the Margalla Hills.  

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After visiting the Margalla Hills, the Duke and Duchess had an official meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at his residence in Islamabad.

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Former international cricketer Imran Khan recalled a conversation with William some 22 years ago about his ambitions of becoming prime minister.

On his ambitions of becoming a cricketer, Mr Khan said: "When I went with my mother to see a Test match. My cousin was playing and he scored a century and I told my mother I wanted to be a Test cricketer. I never realised how difficult it was to eventually become one. Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed I didn't realise it would take me 22 years."

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Kate changed into a green tunic by Catherine Walker and white trousers by Maheen Khan, teaming it with a printed scarf by Satrangi and the Zeen earrings she wore to visit the Aga Khan Centre in London last week. She completed her ensemble with dark green shoes and matching clutch by Emmy London. 

READ: Kate Middleton is dreamy in Pakistan's national colour - and a fancy new hair 'do

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William and Kate say goodbye to Imran Khan, following their lunch. Former cricketer Imran was married to one of Princess Diana's close friends Jemima Goldsmith and William has known him from a young age.  

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Kate changed up her hair for the lunch, sweeping it back into a half-up, half-down style. She stuck to a classic beauty look with glowing skin, subtle smokey eyes and pale pink lipstick. 

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The Duke and Duchess also met the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi and Samina Alvi at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad. 

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The Duke with the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi during an official meeting at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad. 

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Kate's scarf by Pakistani brand Satrangi features the dark green colour of the nation's flag and costs around £8. 

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What an entrance! The couple arrived at the evening reception, hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, in a brightly painted tuk tuk! 

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The Duchess looked absolutely stunning in a dark green floor-length sequin Jenny Packham gown, paying tribute to her host nation's flag colours. William also donned traditional dress - a sherwani by Naushemian. 

MORE: Kate Middleton's GLITTERING fashion moment of the royal tour in green Jenny Packham gown

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Kate also wore statement earrings by London-based brand O'nitaa, which stocks cutting edge Indian and Pakistani luxury couture. 

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