Kate Middleton opens up about the scary moment her plane was hit by an electrical storm

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has described the scary moment a plane she was on was hit by electrical storms as "quite an adventure”.

The 37-year-old royal and her husband Prince William were on board their Airbus A330 RAF Voyager jet last week as they attempted to fly from Lahore in Pakistan to the country’s capital Islamabad, as part of their tour of the South Asian country.

But when the flight was hit by terrifying electrical storms, the RAF pilot and crew were forced to turn the plane around, landing safely back in Lahore two hours after the plane took off.

Catherine and William, also 37, finally made it to Islamabad, and the beauty has described her experience as an “adventure”, as she thanked the crew on board for looking after her and her spouse.

She told reporters: “We were looked after so wonderfully by the RAF who did a great job. Hugely grateful to everyone. I think it was quite an adventure really, it was pretty bumpy up there. We were looked after so wonderfully by the RAF who did a great job liaising with everyone and got us home safely.”

The plane spent two hours in the air after trying to land at two airports near Islamabad, and the journey between the two cities usually takes just 25 minutes.

As they have arrived in Islamabad a day late, some engagements have had to be cancelled, including a planned flight over the Khyber Pass area in the west of the country where Pakistan meets Afghanistan, and a visit to a border post.

During their unplanned stop, the royal couple paid a second visit to the SOS Children's Village in Lahore, Pakistan.

The couple were so taken back by the orphanage community - which houses more than 150 boys and girls who have been through hardship - that they decided to head back there and spend more time getting to know more of the children after they surprised three orphans at their joint birthday party earlier that day.

In a post on the Kensington Royal account, Catherine shared a series of photographs from the tour, including one of William holding hands with and hugging two young boys at the National Cricket Academy and another of his wife having a giggle with a group of girls.

Catherine's message reads: "The community at the SOS Village is built around family - and the best possible family you could imagine - where everyone comes together to nurture, love and protect the children in their care.

"These vulnerable children, many who have come through traumatic circumstances, are nurtured in this caring environment and are able to form these quality relationships that they so desperately need to thrive. - Catherine."

During their first visit, Catherine said the children and their boarding house mother "reminded" her and William, 37, "exactly what family means" and praised the charity for transforming children's lives and providing them with a "fairer chance in life".

The mother-of-three shared: "Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles - you have reminded us exactly what family means. 

"You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives.

"Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters.

"Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. 

"The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined.

"Together as a village you are transforming children's lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families. 

"You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life.

"Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone."

During their five-day royal tour, the couple also headed to the same holy site William's late mother, Princess Diana, visited in 1991, the Badshahi Mosque, and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

Elsewhere on their trip, the couple - who have Princes George, six, and Louis, 17 months, and Princess Charlotte, four, together - have helped a group of children celebrate their joint birthday party, and visited a melting glacier to see the effects of climate change up close.

- Bang! Showbiz