The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to take part in a reception held at Kensington Palace on Wednesday, April 6th, a few days ahead of their visit to India and Bhutan.
The reception will give Their Royal Highnesses the chance to meet with and speak to young people from India and Bhutan who are currently studying or working in the UK. Their interactions will give William and Catherine a greater understanding of the people, history, culture, politics and current affairs of the countries that they are visiting next month.
The Duke and Duchess be introduced to a number of Indian and Bhutanese people who are currently living in the UK and are involved in British and Indian businesses and charities. These individuals are key figures within the diaspora community of Great Britain. Among them is Navtej Sarna, a noted Indian author and columnist who is India’s High Commissioner to the UK.
Also in attendance will be representatives from the British Asia Trust, as well as Indian and Bhutanese students who are enrolled on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship Programme, which is an international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
Additionally, Their Royal Highnesses will meet Indian entrepreneurs who are supported by the UK Trade and Investment’s Global Entrepreneur Programme, an initiative that helps and supports foreign startups or technology businesses that are in their early stages to relocate to the UK. This will prove to be a precursor to the Duke and Duchess’s second day in Mumbai, where they will meet young Indian entrepreneurs at a GREAT campaign event.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bhutan and India between 10th and 16th April. It will be the first time that the royal couple has visited either country. Their full itinerary can be read here.