Prince William pays tribute to his mother as he and Kate continue their royal tour

"I was a big fan of my mother," the duke said

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They arrived in Pakistan yesterday (October 14) for their royal tour, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s traditional outfits being likened to those her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, wore when she visited the country.

Now, Prince William has paid tribute to his late mother while speaking to a group of school children on day two of the tour.

William and Kate have paid further tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, during their royal tour (Credit: Splash News)

Arriving at the Islamabad Model College for Girls, Kate looked elegant in a blue kurta and scarf by local designer Maheen Khan.

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Chatting to pupils, William was told the girls were “big fans of your mother”.

Beaming, the prince replied: “You were, really? Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too.”

The royals also met children at a school at the foothills of the Himalayas (Credit: Splash News)

He added: “She came here three times. I was very small.”

After leaving the school, the royal pair also met the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan.

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He was a friend of Diana’s and hosted her in the country just three months before her untimely death in 1997.

Diana with Imran Khan, who she considered a friend (Credit: Cover Images)

The PM – who was once a cricketer – welcomed William and Kate into his residence for lunch, where he no doubt shared further stories of the prince’s mother.

You were, really? Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too.

During Diana’s visits to the country, she too wore traditional dress and also visited a cancer centre when she visited Pakistan for the last time.

Kate looked radiant as she arrived at the residence, wearing trousers by Maheen Khan, a tunic by Catherine Walker, a scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Zeen.

William and Kate went for lunch with PM Imran Khan (Credit: Splash News)

Prince Harry had previously retraced his mother’s steps in Angola, when he visited the landmine field she was famously pictured walking through.

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