Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan by arriving in Mumbai Sunday. On the first day of the trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laid wreath at the Taj Palace Hotel, one of the scenes of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who is travelling without their children, paid respects to the 31 people who were killed at the iconic hotel during coordinated attacks carried out over four days across Mumbai that killed 164 people and injured 308 others.
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Middleton stunned in a red Alexander McQueen outfit printed with paisleys — the pattern known as "ambi" or "kalka" in India, and is sometimes called "Persian pickles" by American traditionalists.
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Middleton and William are scheduled to attend a charity cricket match and meet children from three charities based in Mumbai — Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India's Childline — at the Oval Maidan.
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In the evening, they will attend a glittering reception and dinner alongside some big Bollywood stars to celebrate Mumbai's film and creative industries. Actor Shah Rukh Khan, actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and director Karan Johar are expected to be present at the event.
On Monday, Middleton and William will travel to the capital city of New Delhi to begin their second day by paying respects to India's military contributions and honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. The royal couple will also visit the Taj Mahal, which Prince William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, visited 24 years ago.
"Twenty-four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of their tour," the British High Commission, said in a statement Sunday. The couple will also reportedly visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a state in northeastern India, popular with tourists for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations.
In Bhutan, the royal couple will meet the king and queen of the remote Himalayan kingdom.