Will and Kate take turns at the wicket in Pakistan

17 October 2019, 11:30 | Updated: 18 October 2019, 00:04

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed off their cricket skills on Thursday as they continued their royal tour of Pakistan.

Prince William and Kate, who was donning a white traditional shalwar kameez, visited the National Cricket Academy in the city of Lahore, where they met children and Pakistani cricketers.

They took turns hitting some soft balls. There were cheers as the duke hit a six, while Kate was caught out twice after half a dozen balls.

They joined children participating in the British Council's Dosti programme, which promotes sport as a part of child development.

William and Kate were introduced to a number of cricketing figures at the ground, including Waqar Younis, former fast bowler for Pakistan.

They met former international cricketer, Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Tuesday.

Despite his cricketing abilities, the duke admitted he had not played since school.

The duchess added that she was a cricket fan, but particularly liked tennis and swimming.

Their visit to the academy, which is the home of the 1992 Cricket World Cup won when Mr Khan captained the national team, saw the couple given bats for their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Before showing off their sporting abilities, William and Kate attended a birthday party at a charitable organisation, SOS Children's Village.

Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said the visit to SOS Children's Village was the part of the royal tour that the Duchess of Cambridge had been looking forward to the most.

The housing complex helps provide homes, education and a new start in life for orphans, with over 150 girls and boys living at the site in Lahore.

In her only speech of the tour, the duchess praised the work of the charity in supporting some of Pakistan's most vulnerable children.

There are an estimated 4,400,000 orphans in Pakistan.

SOS is the largest child welfare organisation in the world with 10 villages across the country.

They generally comprise of 15 homes and facilities like a community hall, grocery shop and playgrounds. A group of children are looked after by women in each house who act as their mothers.

William and Kate were shown inside one of the family homes on the site in Lahore.

They asked the children to show them their bedrooms. Spotting a bear on one of the girls' beds, Kate said that it was like her teddy bear at home.

They also helped to wish three children happy birthday, with Kate impressing the crowd with her attempts at speaking in Urdu.

The royal couple also visited the historic Badshahi mosque and will be making an appearance at a cancer hospital previously visited by William's mother, the late Princess Diana.

Since arriving, the royal couple visited a girl's school in Islamabad and addressed climate change while in Pakistan's northern region, where glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

The royal couple arrived in Pakistan on Monday for the first royal visit to the country in 13 years.

The five-day tour is William and Kate's first official visit to Pakistan and their "most complex" tour to date, according to Kensington Palace, referring to political tensions and security concerns in the region.

Their trip, which was requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, comes during heightened tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed region of Kashmir.

The last official royal visit to Pakistan took place in 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the country.

They travel home on Friday.