Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton of Great Britain left for the United Kingdom on Friday after completing their hectic five-day visit to Pakistan, the first real trip to the country in more than a decade.
They were seen at Nur Khan Air Base by British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and other officials.
The couple, the duchess with shalwar kameez in black and white, after highlighting the traditional Pakistani dress throughout the trip, boarded the Royal Air Force Voyager plane, saluting the cameras for the last time before leaving.
Before leaving, the royal couple visited the Army Canine Center in Islamabad, where Britain provides support for a program that trains dogs to identify explosive devices.
At the facility, Prince William, while talking with journalists, highlighted the importance of his country's security ties with Pakistan, according to Rebecca English, a real correspondent for Daily Mail UK.
He was quoted as saying: "All week we have been hearing about security in Pakistan and we have really revealed to Catherine and me the importance of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Pakistan."
The Duke noted that the people of Pakistan have lost many lives in an effort to secure the country.
"Those sacrifices of Pakistanis must be recognized," Prince William said. "Actually, what happens here in Pakistan correlates directly with what happens on the streets of the United Kingdom."
Earlier in the day, a plane carrying the British royal couple had landed safely in Islamabad, hours after two failed attempts at landing in bad weather forced them to fly back to Lahore.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended up spending the night at a hotel in Lahore before finally flying back to Islamabad on Friday morning, according to British royal correspondents aboard their plane.
No statement has yet been received from Kensington Palace on Thursday's air drama, which allegedly saw the pilot circle of the Royal Air Force for at least an hour during a fierce thunderstorm that hit Islamabad, before finally leaving the Try and return to Lahore.
It came after the royals spent a busy day in Lahore, during which they played cricket, visited a children's orphanage and an oncology hospital, and toured the iconic Badshahi Mosque.
"It was quite bumpy" Daily mailThe English quoted the Duchess of Cambridge.
"If I'm honest … that was the most nervous thing I've ever felt on a plane," he said. ITV Royal correspondent Chris Ship, who was on board.
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The drama in the air on Thursday did not seem to dampen the spirits of the royal couple, and the press package reported that William, the pilot himself, had joked with them shortly after he had been the one flying the plane.
However, the delay meant that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to reschedule their commitments for today, the last day of their five-day tour.
According to Britain Press associationWilliam and Kate were to fly over the Khyber pass that borders Afghanistan on Friday, but a "pretty strong storm" saw their flight return on Thursday night.
The royal couple's visit to the Khyber Pass was suspended due to lack of time.
Analysts said the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would help boost the image of Pakistan.
"In terms of Pakistan's positive international image, the visit has been an absolute success," said Rifat Hussain, an analyst and former professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, although he said there have been some complaints from Pakistanis about the huge security operation around the trip.
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In what was supposedly her first television news interview, Duchess Kate told her CNN that the couple's visit to Pakistan had been "fantastic."
Speaking to the station while visiting SOS Children's Village in Lahore on Thursday, Kate said the official five-day trip had allowed them to see a large part of the country.
"It was amazing to see some of the geography yesterday, but seeing some of the community activities today has been really special," said the Duchess, with Prince William at her side.
"William and I really wanted to see an SOS Children's Village like this," Kate said of the orphanage. "There are so many vulnerable women here, but they have really used their positivity and the support that the Village here gives them … to support and protect the next generation of children in their care and give them the best possible start for their future lives." .
The Duke and Duchess arrived in Islamabad for their inaugural visit to Pakistan on Monday night. His second day was very busy, which began with a visit to a girl's university in the capital and then to Margalla Hills, where they attended an event on environmental protection. The couple was received by President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at the house of Aiwan-i-Sadr and the Prime Minister, respectively.
At night, they attended a star-filled reception, organized by British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew, at the National Monument where William, in his first official speech, paid tribute to all the people who "endured the sacrifice and helped build Pakistan for the country is today. "
On the third day of his trip, royalty visited the Chitral district to observe the effect of climate change on the region.
During the visit, the couple flew to the Baroghil Valley National Park in the far north and the Bumburate Valley in the south, where they mixed with the community of Kalasha.
Upon arriving at Bumburate Valley, the community received a red carpet from the Kalasha community, led by MPA Wazir Zada, from where they led to several sites devastated by flash floods in 2015. The royal couple was informed about the causes of Natural disasters in the region.
On Thursday they arrived in Lahore, where they were received by Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhry Sarwar.
Then they visited the SOS Children's Village, where they participated in a storytelling session and interacted with the staff and children. Kate also delivered a brief speech at a birthday party held for three children in the center and wished the children's happy birthday in Urdu.
Then, the Duke and Duchess went to the National Cricket Academy, where they both tried to hit.
William and Kate also toured the iconic Badshahi Mosque and then joined a discussion about interfaith harmony with religious leaders. The royal couple then visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Center, where they were received by Dr. Faisal Sultan, hospital CEO, and other senior officials.
At the hospital, they met children suffering from cancer and also visited the department that houses the hospital's radiation machine.