Prince William and Kate Middleton will stay at the The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and pay tribute to the victims of 26/11 attack in Mumbai in 2008. The British royal couple will visit the financial capital of India during their maiden tour of the country from April 10-16. The five star hotel was one of the sites attacked by gunmen during the atrocity, in which 164 innocent people were killed.
The couple will lay a wreath at a memorial inside the hotel and meet members of staff who helped protect guests during the attack. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel also played host to William’s father prince Charles and President Barack Obama. The iconic structure is the symbol of the city’s resilience and strength.
On the first day they will visit the Oval Maidan in the city. They will watch a children’s cricket match and meet and play with slum children who are supported by local charities. Afterwards, they will visit the Banganga Water Tank in the upmarket Malabar Hill area.
In the evening, William and Kate will hit the red carpet in style and meet some of Bollywood’s top talent. The glittering reception will be hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with The British Asian Trust, the fundraiser will feature dance and musical performances. The next day, the royal couple will learn about the city’s budding young entrepreneurs.
They will then head to New Delhi for an official welcome. Their first engagement will be to lay a wreath at the war memorial in India Gate. They will travel to the Gandhi Smriti museum at Old Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last few years of his life. In the evening the royals will attend a garden party celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at the British Embassy.
From New Delhi, William and Kate will visit the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. They will take in the essence of the Rongali Bihu festival, Assamese New Year and sit around a camp fire in the woods. They will tour the national park, a world heritage site in an open-topped jeep and hear how rangers are protecting animals from poachers and the illegal wildlife trade.
They will also call in on the Mark Shand Foundation, which supports the Elephant Family charity set up by the late brother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. From Assam they will head to Bhutan, where they will stay for two days. On their way back from Bhutan they will go to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal.
Apart from honoring Princess Diana’s memories from 24 years ago when she visited one of the wonders of the world alone, the couple will create “new memories,” according to Kensington Palace. On the concluding day of their tour, William and Kate will thank the people of India. “The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet the people of India and Bhutan,” said a palace spokesperson.
They will hike to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, visited by the Prince of Wales in 1998 pic.twitter.com/4chly4ZGNg
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 29, 2016
William and Kate’s Royal Tour Itinerary of Bhutan:
· Arrival in Bhutan for welcome by senior state representatives.
· Chipdrel traditional welcome procession in Thimphu Dzong.
· Private audience with King and Queen of Bhutan and visit to temple.
· Visit to Thimphu’s open-air archery venue to observe traditional games.
· Private dinner with the King and Queen at Lingkana Palace.
· Hike to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery.
· Reception for British nationals in Bhutan and Bhutanese people with strong links to the UK.