The gothic chapel of Mardan...a scene reminiscent of England but set in Pakistan's Malakand Pass,?
The gothic chapel of Mardan...a scene reminiscent of England but set in Pakistan's Malakand Pass, where Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh toured on Feb. 7th.
They were greeted at Mardan by Lutheran Bishop Christiansen Jens, a Danish-American who has served in this region for the last forty years.
The chapel was built by British soldiers serving on the north-west frontier, and in its graveyard lie many who died in frontier fighting with tribesmen. Sir Winston Churchill served in one of the punitive expeditions in the Malakand Pass in 1897, and during her visit the Queen sent him a telegram saying: "Greetings from Malakand".
From Mardan, the Royal visitors continued their 100-mile journey from Peshawar to Saidu Sharif, capital of the small principality of Swat. Along the route, tribesmen from the wild hill country crowded into the towns and villages to greet the Queen and Duke in the fine spring weather.
At Saidu Sharif, the Wali of Swat, Major-General Abdul Jahanzeb, greeted the Royal couple at his residence among the sunlit, snow-covered mountains. The Queen and Duke had come for a two-day stay, during which the Duke joined in two shooting expeditions.