Duke and Duchess of Cambridge popped in for tea with a family who live in a hut

When it comes to jam-packed Royal tours, meticulous scheduling, planned months in advance, is everything.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ripped up the timetable for their high-profile Pakistan tour – to visit the home of a family they met by the side of the road.

Kate and William spotted the villagers as the Royal convoy was threading its way through the remote Wakhan region as they travelled back from visiting a glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

Enthralled, the Duchess asked the car they were travelling in to stop so she and William could meet the villagers – and one family promptly invited them to visit their home, a simple hut.

The Duchess of Cambridge applauds while playing cricket Friday during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan 

Warm welcome: Kate and William were invited into the home of a family they had just met by the roadside

Warm welcome: Kate and William were invited into the home of a family they had just met by the roadside

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket Friday during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket Friday during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

Duchess of Cambridge talks to two young girls during a visit to the SOS Village on Saturday

Duchess of Cambridge talks to two young girls during a visit to the SOS Village on Saturday 

The Duchess of Cambridge joins in a drawing session during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge joins in a drawing session during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

Duke of Cambridge (pictured) joined in a game of cricket during the visit, where he played alongside a boy who seemed to be enjoying the game

Duke of Cambridge (pictured) joined in a game of cricket during the visit, where he played alongside a boy who seemed to be enjoying the game

The duchess smiled as she knelt down to talk to one girl during the visit. They met several groups of children during the day

The duchess smiled as she knelt down to talk to one girl during the visit. They met several groups of children during the day

The Duke knelt down and rolled up his sleeves to get involved in the painting session where he watched two of the children creating the work of art

The Duke knelt down and rolled up his sleeves to get involved in the painting session where he watched two of the children creating the work of art

Animated: The Duke of Cambridge raised a hand as he joined in a game of cricket during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore

Animated: The Duke of Cambridge raised a hand as he joined in a game of cricket during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore

The five-day tour, which ended on Friday, has been judged a triumph. Despite tight security, the couple were relaxed, joking with dignitaries, locals and the press corps

The five-day tour, which ended on Friday, has been judged a triumph. Despite tight security, the couple were relaxed, joking with dignitaries, locals and the press corps

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket Friday during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket Friday during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge concentrated as she hit the ball during the trip on Friday. She even kept her heels on as she got involved in the sport

The Duchess of Cambridge concentrated as she hit the ball during the trip on Friday. She even kept her heels on as she got involved in the sport 

Despite raised eyebrows from aides and the Pakistani military, who have been helping to guard Kate and William during the tour, the pair entered the one-room home, accompanied only by a translator.

Inside, the family explained to the couple how they live without running water and electricity and are confined to their home for half of the year due to snow and freezing temperatures.

The Duchess – a keen photographer who has taken many official pictures of her children – then borrowed a Fujifilm camera from an aide to take pictures of the grandmother, mother and daughter. 

Describing the encounter, the Duchess said: ‘It was fantastic to meet these people living in such a remote place.

‘They were so hospitable, offering William and me a cup of tea.

‘It was a very special moment. They had no idea who we were, which gave us a chance to see a different side of Pakistan.

‘We really enjoyed the day in the mountains and meeting so many of the local people in the Kalash village, [it was] a real privilege to see a different way of life.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed for a group photograph with the children during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed for a group photograph with the children during a visit to the SOS Village at Lahore in Pakistan

The Duke of Cambridge meets young children while playing cricket Friday. The father-of-three put a hand around one of the boys as he smiled away

The Duke of Cambridge meets young children while playing cricket Friday. The father-of-three put a hand around one of the boys as he smiled away

The duchess smiled as the sun shone down during their trip to the SOS Children's Village which they had also visited the previous day

The duchess smiled as the sun shone down during their trip to the SOS Children’s Village which they had also visited the previous day

Sitting cross-legged on the bare floor, Kate helped children to paint a mural, saying: 'I do lots of drawing at home with my children'

Sitting cross-legged on the bare floor, Kate helped children to paint a mural, saying: ‘I do lots of drawing at home with my children’

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) shook hands with one of the girls who came up to greet her as another waited behind for her time to say hello

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) shook hands with one of the girls who came up to greet her as another waited behind for her time to say hello

The Duke led the children in an impromptu game of cricket during the visit to SOS Children's Village on Friday, near the end of their tour

The Duke led the children in an impromptu game of cricket during the visit to SOS Children’s Village on Friday, near the end of their tour 

And William paid tribute to his wife’s camera skills, highlighting their visit earlier on Wednesday to the Chiatibo glacier in Broghil National Park, northern Pakistan, to see the effects of climate change. 

‘She likes taking lots of pictures,’ he said. ‘She does a few portraits, but mostly landscapes. When we went to see the glacier, she took some great photos up there.’ 

The five-day tour, which ended on Friday, has been judged a triumph. Despite tight security, the couple were relaxed, joking with dignitaries, locals and the press corps.

On Friday morning, the couple again chose to change their schedule, in order to return to an orphanage at the SOS Children’s Village they had visited the previous day, because they felt they had only ‘touched the surface’.

Sitting cross-legged on the bare floor, Kate helped children to paint a mural, saying: ‘I do lots of drawing at home with my children.’

And when one youngster mentioned England, Kate replied: ‘You’ll have to come and see us.’ The Duke then led the children in an impromptu game of cricket.

Kate had the children in giggles by feigning pain after being inadvertently hit on the neck with a foam ball by William, before the prince joked: ‘She’s my wife, so I can just about get away with it.’

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