On the international news beat, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s plane was forced to abort its landing after a terrifying electrical thunderstorm hit Pakistan.
The plane was returned to Lahore after it made two failed landings at Islamabad International Airport, after the “RAF Voyager circled the country’s capital for around an hour before heading back to its original take-off point 25 minutes away”.
According to the reports: “Lightning was also seen crashing around the right wing of the plane as it bumped and rolled around due to the serious turbulence, one eyewitness said.
“Prince William confirmed he and his wife Kate were fine following the ordeal.”
The aircraft was also carrying journalists and other members of royal staff who were left shaken by the incident.
One passenger said it was a “pretty serious storm”, describing the flight as a “rollercoaster”.
“It was pretty hairy at times,” another said.
“The plane was making large jerking movements as we tried to battle through the wind.
“It was a relief to land safely in Lahore.”
William asked travelling media if they were okay following heavy turbulence and joked: “I was flying!”
The RAF Voyager was vacated while it refuels at Lahore airport.
A senior civil aviation official in Lahore said the couple could try again to fly to Islamabad later on Thursday if weather permitted, or else they would stay in Lahore.
The Royal couple are on a five-day visit to Pakistan but are not being accompanied by their children.
The tour earlier today, included a visit to the Badshahi Mosque holy site in Lahore.
According to the Mirror: “William and Kate, who have donned traditional Pakistani dress by local designers during their trip, have highlighted education and the impact of climate change in the country.
“At a children’s home in Lahore and in her first public remarks of the tour, Kate said the couple were ‘moved and touched’ by their experiences in the country.
“The Pakistani government hopes the couple’s four-day official visit will boost the country’s image as a tourist and business destination, after decades of sectarian violence and political unrest.”
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