The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge closed out their five-day royal tour of Pakistan on Friday, but their visit was definitely not without some excitement.
While attempting to fly back to Islamabad from Lahore on Thursday, the couple's RAF Voyager plane encountered a frightening electrical storm and attempted two landings, both aborted, one at the Pakistani Royal Air Force base and another attempt at a commercial airport. A flight that was scheduled to take 25 minutes instead took over two hours after the plane was forced to turn around back to Lahore.
Those big flashes are the RAF Voyager, carrying William, Kate and travelling media, going through lighting - two aborted landings at Islamabad due to the storm and we’re back in Lahore @PApic.twitter.com/6q45Em3E53
— Emma Louise Bowden (@emmabowds) October 17, 2019
Following the turbulent ordeal, Prince William reportedly ventured to the back of the plane to check on the media team that was traveling with the couple. The duke, who was a pilot for the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force until 2013, had also joked that he'd been the one flying the plane.
The duchess also opened up to reporters during the couple's rescheduled visit to the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad on Friday.
“I think it was quite an adventure really, it was pretty bumpy up there," the duchess said, "We were looked after so wonderfully by the RAF who did a great job liaising with everyone and got us home safely," while adding that she was "hugely grateful" to the staff.
A tweet from one of the journalists aboard the aircraft shows lightning hitting the right wing of the plane as the jet bounced around.
For more on the couple's royal tour, watch the video above.