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Kensington Palace show how special commemorative tuk tuk marking royal visit was decorated

A rickshaw fit for royalty: Footage reveals how workers decorated the tuk tuk that transported Prince William and Kate Middleton with Union Jacks, bright lights and a Man Utd air freshener!

  • Palace’s Instagram page shows artists mixing paints and decorating the vehicle
  • Tuk tuk featured a nod to the UK with a Manchester United car accessory
  •  The Union Jack and flag of Pakistan featured alongside one another
  • The vehicle was used to take the royal couple to a reception in Islamabad 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan took a quirky mode of transport this evening as they arrived at a reception in Islamabad by tuk tuk. 

And now footage from Kensington Palace’s official Instagram account has revealed the painstaking preparations that went into decorating the brightly-coloured vehicle for the royal couple.

Starting off with a blank canvas, an artist mixed a number of bright coloured paints, including red, yellow, green and blue, before painting the Union Jack, the Pakistani flag and a colourful peackock. 

The workmen also added two dangling accessories, including a Manchester United air freshener, which would not have gone down well with Aston Villa fan Prince William.  

The Duke and Duchess arrived for a glitzy reception in Islamabad in the tuk tuk that had been decorated in the video

With one of the artists hard at work, the other decorated the rest of the tuk tuk with colourful tape around the base of the small vehicle.

The video ended with the finishing touches being put in place, including a yellow poster that had the two nations’ flags and the words #RoyalvisitPakistan. 

Some bright tube lighting was added to give the tuk tuk some extra sparkle. 

The royal couple who began their five day royal tour of Pakistan on Monday 14 October, traveled in the decorated tuk tuk to Pakistan’s National Monument in Islamabad. 

The artist was seen painting an intricate exotic bird below the Union Jack and flag of Pakistan

The artist was seen painting an intricate exotic bird below the Union Jack and flag of Pakistan

A number of bright colours were used to decorate the traditional vehicle that is used as a mode of transport around Pakistan

A number of bright colours were used to decorate the traditional vehicle that is used as a mode of transport around Pakistan

Dressing for the occasion, the Duchess wore a dark green Jenny Packham gown. The Duke went for more traditional Pakistani attire wearing a dark green Sherwani designed by Karachi-based designer Naushemian to match his wife. 

The couple were in good spirits as they arrived for a glittering reception held by British High Commissioner Thomas Drew.

The event gave William and Kate the opportunity to meet members of the country’s business, the creative arts, music and film industry.

Earlier on in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Islamabad Model College for Girls.

The back of the tuk tuk was adorned with a covering that had the hashtag '#RoyalvisitPakistan'

The back of the tuk tuk was adorned with a covering that had the hashtag ‘#RoyalvisitPakistan’

Various workmen transformed the tuk tuk into a vehicle fit for royalty

Various workmen transformed the tuk tuk into a vehicle fit for royalty

After receiving a tour of the classrooms and posing for some pictures, students were given the chance to chat to the couple.

They were involved in a sweet exchange when the students revealed that they were big fans of Princess Diana.

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

‘She came here three times. I was very small,’ he added.

‘This is my first time and it is very nice to be here and meet you all.’

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