More details have been released about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to India and Bhutan which will take place from 10-16 April, a week before The Queen’s 90th birthday.
Kensington Palace have said that “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to travel to these two beautiful countries.”
Whilst on tour, the royal couple will take part in a variety of activities from state ceremony, to Bollywood glamour.
William and Kate’s tour of India will begin in the country’s entertainment capital, Mumbai.
After arriving on Sunday 10th April, their first public appearance will be when they arrive at the Taj Palace Hotel. This hotel was one of the locations of the devastating terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and is now an symbol of the city’s resilience and strength.
As they arrive at the Taj, they will lay a wreath at a memorial inside the hotel and meet members of staff who helped protect guests during the attacks eight years ago.
After they have checked into their hotel, the couple will travel to Mumbai’s Oval Maidan, the city’s most famous public park. Here, they will watch a cricket match and will meet and play with children who live in slums in the city.
They will then travel straight to the Banganga Water Tank, where they will see people living in the slums and the tough conditions they reside in. Whilst here, the couple will meet with representatives of the charity SMILE that helps young people and their parents gain valuable skills and opportunities.
To wrap up the first day, William and Kate will get the Bollywood experience as they meet some of the industry’s most well-known names alongside leading business figures and industry leaders. Here they will attend a reception dinner that is being held in commemoration of Mumbai’s film and creative industries.
The following day, The Duke and Duchess will meet with young entrepreneurs at a GREAT campaign event, where they will be given the opportunity to meet the next generation who will strengthen and grow India’s massive economy.
The royal couple will then say goodbye to Mumbai as they fly to the nation’s capital city – New Delhi. Their time here will allow them to pay respect to India’s military contributions, as well as honouring the memory of Mahatma Ghandi.
Once they have arrived in New Delhi, they lay a wreath at India Gate – a war memorial memorial is situated in the heart of the city.
With it being 100 years since First World War,Their Royal Highnesses will honour the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for the British Army.
After the wreath laying, the couple will travel to a museum commemorating the life of Mahatma Ghandi, India’s founding father.
They will be given a tour of the museum, which is where he once lived, before moving outside and following Ghandi’s final footsteps from his house to the spot where he was assassinated in 1948.
In the evening, William and Kate will attend a birthday party hosted for Her Majesty The Queen which will be attended by hundreds of VIP guests from the world of government and politics.
The next day, the couple will travel to Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam. Kaziranga is a World Heritage Site and a wildlife conservation site of global importance. The couple will be examining the conservation of the site in particular.
Whilst here, the Duke and Duchess will watch local people and see dance and take part in musical performances to celebrate the Assamese New Year.
The next morning, they will take a drive around the National Park and meet the local people and park staff who live there.
They will also meet rangers who are tasked with protecting its animal populations from poachers. Prince William will use this visit to speak out against the threat facing the animals and the communities who rely on them.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will later in the day travel to the Kaziranga Discovery Centre built by Elephant Family. This is the charity founded by Mark Shand, the late brother of The Duchess of Cornwall. Here they will get to see a health clinic for elephants in action as well as meeting villagers.
As their tour of India comes to an end, the couple will travel on to Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport, they will be ceremoniously welcomed by senior state representatives.
In the afternoon, they will travel to Thimphu Dzong where they will take part in a Chipdrel, a traditional welcome procession for the royals. Inside the Dzong, they will have a private audience with The King and Queen of Bhutan.
Like India, this will be the first time the couple have visited Bhutan – a once very isolated country.
The next day, they will travel to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery which dates to 1692. This historic monastery is next the cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days. He is said to be the figure behind Buddhism.
In the evening, royal couple will attend a reception for British nationals in Bhutan and Bhutanese people with strong links to the UK.
They will then travel back to India, this time arriving in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world and has been chosen as the place for William and Kate to say thank you to the Indian people at the end ot their tour.
Kensington Palace have said: “The Duke of Cambridge is of course aware of the huge esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales is held in India and he appreciates the iconic status of the images that exist of The Princess at the Taj. He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there.”
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