Kate Middleton and Prince William end their Pakistan tour with a visit to army dog centre in Islamabad


ANIMAL lovers Kate Middleton and Prince William play with adorable puppies during the last day of their trip to Pakistan.

The royal couple appeared to be having fun playing with the hairy inhabitants of the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad today.

Kate and Williams play with puppies at the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad

Much like William’s grandmother, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are well known dog lovers and own an English Cocker Spaniel named Lupo who has appeared in photos alongside their first born Prince George.

Modelled on the UK Defence Animal Training Centre at Melton Mowbray, Britain is supporting the Pakistan Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) programme, which breeds and trains dogs to identify bombs.

William and Kate joined the handlers as they train dogs to recognise and scout out hidden explosive materials.

This comes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were forced to reschedule the last day of their Pakistan tour after their plane got caught in a thunderstorm.

William and Kate were due to fly over the Khyber Pass in an engagement on Friday, but a “pretty bad storm” saw their flight from Lahore to Islamabad turn back on Thursday evening.

The couple stayed at the Pearl Continental Hotel in the capital of Punjab overnight following two aborted landings by the RAF Voyager pilot.

Strikes of lightning could be seen from the carrier plane near the right wing as it shook with heavy turbulence.

Kate plays with one of the young dogs which are trained to sniff out bombs

Prince William watched as the thirsty mutts lapped up some water at the army base in Pakistan

Kate is known to love animals. The royal couple own a Cocker Spaniel named Lupo

The royals visited the centre on their last day in Pakistan

William, who went to check on travelling media, made a reference to his time as an air ambulance pilot, joking: “I was flying!”

One passenger said it was a “pretty serious storm”, describing the flight as a “rollercoaster”.

Another said: “It was pretty hairy at times.

“The plane was making large jerking movements as we tried to battle through the wind.

“It was a relief to land safely in Lahore.”

Surprised guests were treated to a glimpse of the royal couple on Friday morning as they left the five-star hotel.

A crowd gathered in the foyer as William and Kate embarked on the last day of their tour.

The RAF Voyager landed in Islamabad after midday on Friday – some 18 hours after it was originally scheduled to arrive.

The couple’s visit to a military post in the Khyber Pass – on the border of Afghanistan – was called off due to lack of time following the unexpected overnight stay.

It would have involved a security briefing from the Khyber Rifles, highlighting improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The duke and duchess spent Thursday daytime exploring Lahore, visiting the Badshahi Mosque and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

It brought back memories of William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, as they were two locations she visited in the country.

William and Kate played with young patients at the cancer facility and were shown around by Dr Aasim Yusuf, who welcomed Diana in 1996.

The couple received a tour of the Badshahi Mosque in scenes reminiscent of the princess’s 1991 trip to Pakistan.