Prince William, the duke of Cambridge, with his wife Kate, began a week’s tour of India on April 10, 2016. On their first day, the couple visited Banganga water tank in Mumbai, enjoyed a game of cricket and attended charity events.
The duke and duchess of Cambridge began a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016. The couple was the guest of honor at a charity event with some of the well-known Indian personalities. Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan were among the celebrities who spent the evening with the royal couple.
William and Kate also attended a red carpet evening at Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, where Bollywood stars, Indian sports stars like Sachin Tendulkar, as well as some business leaders were present. The couple has also planned to have a lunch with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital city during their tour.
Prince William said that his family has a long and proud connection with India, and although the relationship has evolved, his family’s high regard for India remains unchanged, that he said is ¬the largest country in the Commonwealth.
As a part of William’s conservation efforts, the couple will also visit the Kaziranga National Park in Assam that is the home to two-thirds of the world’s Indian one-horned rhinos.
A tribute to terrorism victims
The duke and duchess paid tribute at one of the sites of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks as they began their visit. They also played cricket at a local cricket academy, with Sachin Tendulkar, where William took the first turn to bat as Sachin bowled him a slow delivery. Kate, too, faced some slow deliveries at the match, which gave the couple a chance to mingle with cricket enthusiasts.
They also met children and volunteers from three Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Mumbai that work with the poor and took a tour of Mumbai in an open-top bus with the slum children.
The couple will end their trip with a visit to the Taj Mahal, following the steps of William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.
“When Catherine and I were married, India was the first place on Catherine’s list that she told me that she wanted to visit,” said Prince William.