Britain’s Cambridge Duke and Duchess, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are making their first trip to Pakistan today and are expected to arrive in Islamabad at 9 pm.

The five-day tour, which ends on 18 October, was arranged at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (UK).

This will be the country’s first royal tour since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince of Wales and Cornwall’s Duchess, traveled to Pakistan.

Taking to Twitter, British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew said it will be a “very exciting programme”.

“It will of course pay respect to the historical relationship between Britian and Pakistan. But it will focus largely on showcasing Pakistan as it is today: a dynamic, aspirational and forward looking nation,” he said.

He added that the royal couple was looking forward to meeting as many Pakistanis as possible and building a lasting friendship with the people of Pakistan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Islamabad, Lahore, Gilgit-Baltistan and rough border regions to the west during their time in Pakistan, an official Kensington Palace handout said.