Earlier today, Kensington Palace released further details about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming tour to India and Bhutan. The tour is set to take place over seven days, from April 10th to April 16th.
Their Royal Highnesses will arrive in India on Sunday, April 10th. The first stop on their itinerary is Mumbai, the country’s financial capital. Mumbai is also the creative hub of India, and in this city William and Kate will get a glimpse into contemporary Indian life, focusing on sport, entrepreneurship, the creative arts and efforts to relieve urban poverty. They will then travel to the capital, New Delhi, where they will pay a tribute to the country’s vast history.
Later in their tour, the Duke and Duchess will travel to Kaziranga National Park, to experience the rich variety of tropical wildlife, as well as the culture and traditions of the communities who live around the park.
The royal couple will then travel to Bhutan for two days, where they will meet Their Majesties The King and Queen of Bhutan and their new born son and have a chance to learn about the heritage of the breathtaking mountain kingdom and its people.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will conclude their tour in Agra, with a visit to the Taj Mahal, an iconic symbol of love which was famously visited by Princess Diana over 20 years ago.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan. Their visit to India will be an introduction to a country that they plan to build an enduring relationship with. They will pay tribute to India’s proud history, but also are keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of young Indian people and the major role they will play in shaping the 21st century.”
“Their visit to Bhutan will allow them to continue a relationship between two Royal Families by meeting The King and Queen. The Duke and Duchess have heard many wonderful things about the country and are grateful to have this opportunity to get to know the Bhutanese people.”
“This tour, coming shortly before The Queen’s 90th birthday, will also allow The Duke and Duchess to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s huge contribution to diplomacy in Britain and the Commonwealth.”
In India, The Duke and Duchess will visit:
Mumbai – 10 & 11th April
New Delhi – 11 & 12th April
Kaziranga – 12 & 13th April
Agra – 16th April
In Bhutan, The Duke and Duchess will visit:
Thimphu – 14 & 15th April
This will be the first time that Their Royal Highnesses have visited either country. Further details about their itinerary and various engagements while on tour will be published shortly.