There’s no denying that magic emanates from the City of London. It has compelled artists to devote songs and much more to it. I myself am guilty of feeling homebound whenever someone so much as mentions the Royal Kingdom.
Having expressed my love for the City, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that upon fumbling through my daily dose of news I became beyond ecstatic. The Royal Couple, i.e. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had planned a five-day visit to Pakistan. Now let me clarify, before this, the only attention I paid to the British Royalty was to the royal weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Nonetheless, can I just say that this leap of faith exhibited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exalted their statuses in my eyes tenfold?
The news hit Pakistan like a rave. Everywhere I looked at or scrolled through social media, there they were.
Thus began the diplomatic tour of the future Monarchs to the British Empire in the face of our much-lamented upon security conditions. Echoing his mother’s humanitarian footsteps in Pakistan, the Royal couple paid homage to the People’s Princess in their distinctive ways.
From spending time with the sick children at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital to visiting the SOS Children’s Village in Lahore. The duo was first seen overviewing the conditions of female literacy in public schools where they mingled with students.
The noble objective fueling their zealous visit to this terrorized-for-far-too-long nation became abundantly clear. The Royals truly do have the immaculate display of soft power hands down.
Living in a world that is plagued with false notions on Islam, ignorance is often painfully highlighted when, without a second thought, my people are treated as synonymous with terrorism and hate.
We are a nation that, more often than not, is shot looks of disbelief for being too pale, too bright, and too pink to belong to a “brown” nation.
We get to witness all our favorite pop icons travel all over the world and pass us by. Even Nicki Minaj was deliberating performing in Saudi Arabia for crying out loud. Still, nobody ever thought twice about making a pit stop here.
Most importantly, our country has been deemed a hub for terrorism and forever tarnished due to Bin Laden’s capture. Never mind the fact that it was our military that helped this operation reach fruition.
In such dark times, Kate Middleton and Prince William took this brave initiative. With a lot of faith and a whole lot of trust. For that, the people of Pakistan thank you as we are deeply humbled by this act of kindness.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like nobody comes for a visit. We do have numerous country’s allies that are invited over for political talks, but when it comes to catering to international guests, we crave more. Mostly due to Pakistan’s national values being embedded in hospitality. It hurts to go out of practice.
I would also like to note that the Royal Couple’s benevolence did not end upon their return back home.
Not only did the Duchess captivate our people’s heart with her philanthropy; while also leaving behind glamour trends for us masses to emulate for the next few decades. The Duchess graced Pakistan evermore by featuring her tour, may I say for the very first time, on @Kensingtonroyal, an Insta account created for royal announcements and ventures. She shared some of the official pictures and captioned it “Thank you Pakistan!”
For that, and much more, I would rather like to say,
The pleasure was utterly and completely ours, Duchess of Cambridge. Please visit again soon. It was lovely seeing you up and close and personal.
Love, Mishal Nawaz of Pakistan