Kate Middleton And Prince William’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Storm Above Islamabad

An electrical storm is said to have erupted, with lightning visible over the right wing of the plane.

Kate Middleton And Prince William's Plane Lands In Emergency Over Islamabad

by Rebecca Reid |
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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge had had to make an emergency landing following an electrical storm above Islamabad, which they are currently visiting as part of their royal tour of Pakistan.

Today, the couple visited went on a visit to the Badshahi mosque in Lahore. They then headed back to their private plane. But after leaving Lahore the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly experienced a dramatic flight which resulted in an emergency landing.

After boarding a plane, bound for Islamabad, an electrical storm is said to have erupted, with lightning visible over the right wing.

The flight was supposed to take about 25 minutes, but the plane was in the air for two hours.

The plane reportedly circled Pakistan's capital city for about an hour, twice attempting to land, but they were unable to do so, so had to turn back to land in Lahore.

An eyewitness reported that they saw lightning strike close to the plane, and that it 'bumped and rolled' with the weather's turbulence, which can't have been much fun for anyone on board.

The good news is that the couple are totally fine. After a safe landing, Prince William - an erstwhile helicopter himself – reassured everyone that while it was scary, they were absolutely fine. He apparently even joked that he was the one doing the flying.


SEE: Kate Middleton's Pakistan Royal Tour Outfits

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Day One

On her arrival in Pakistan, Kate Middleton wore her own take on the traditional shalwar kameez – her trousers are known as shalwar, while kameez refers to a long shirt or tunic worn over the top – designed by Catherine Walker. She teamed it with beige court shoes and a clutch from Zeen, a Pakistani label.

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Day Two

Kate Middleton visited the Islamabad Model College in Pakistan with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge. For the event, she wore a traditional blue kurta and asymmetric dupatta – her shawl-like scarf – created by Maheen Khan, Pakistan's leading fashion designer. She accessorised with a pair of shoes from New Look.

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Day Two

To visit Imran Khan, Pakistan's Prime Minister, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Catherine Walker tunic in green, Pakistan's national colour. Her white trousers were designed by Maheen Khan and she accessorised with a scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Zeen.

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Day Two

Arriving at Pakistan's National Monument, Kate wore an emerald green Jenny Packham gown, custom-made for her.

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Day Three

Arriving by helicopter in Chitral, Kate was given an embroidered shawl to wear, as well as a traditional Chitrali hat, also worn by Princess Diana when she visited the region in 1991. Kate was wearing two pieces from Really Wild – a suede waistcoat and brown boots.

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Day Three

The pair then headed into a village in a valley in Chitral, where Kate wore a headdress, while showing off a pair of gold earrings from Missoma - which you can still buy now for £125.

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Day Four

On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Lahore Airport to meet the city's governor, as they made their way to visit a cancer hospital (which was also visited by Princess Diana). For the visit, Kate chose an all-white outfit, wearing a shalwar kameez (a traditional outfit featuring a long tunic and trousers) by Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheen Khan. She finished the outfit with earrings from Asprey London, a blush-coloured clutch by Mulberry, and chic suede heels by Gianvito Rossi.

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Day Four

For her fourth engagement of the fourth day, Kate looked sensational in a turquoise shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan. Like the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in 2006, the Duke and Duchess met faith leaders at Badshahi Mosque and heard how they are promoting interfaith harmony between communities.

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Day Five

For the trip back to Islamabad (after their plane was caught in an electrical storm), Kate stunned in a black and white embroidered kurta by Pakistani brand Elan with white trousers.

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