Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Royal Visit to India
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News April 14, 2016 Updated: 10:29 AM
On Sunday April 10th Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, embarked on a 7-day royal tour of India. Upon their arrival in Mumbai, the royal couple immersed themselves in the proud culture of India.
Some speculate that realizing they would have a full schedule moving at a fast pace, the Duke and Duchess did not think it would be wise for their children Charlotte and George, to accompany them on the trip.
Shortly after arriving, the couple flew from Mumbai to New Delhi to visit the India Gate, a 137- foot structure and memorial that honor, Indian soldiers who died in World War I. They paid their respects and laid a wreath at the memorial with a personal note attached.
Some of William and Kate’s activities have included, a reception hosted by the crème de la crème of India, a heartfelt visit and barefeet tour of the Mahatma Ghandi Museum, and a dinner attended by the superstars of Bollywood to benefit the charities of the, Magic Bus, Childline, and the Doorstep School.
The royal couple was treated to an elaborate lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and on Wednesday, traveled to a Wildlife Park in Assam, located in northeastern India where they helped to feed baby elephants and rhinos.
Before returning home, William and Kate will have visited the Taj Mahal, they will have crossed the border into Bhutan, a neighboring country, where they will meet with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema.
On the fun side, the couple went to ‘The Social Mumbai’ where they met with young entreprenuers like Eshwar Vikas who invented a machine called the, “DosaMatic.” Vikas, a 24 year old innovator, showed Prince William how to cook Dosa, an Indian snack similar to a crepe.
The Prince successfully made one then gleefully remarked, “delicious.” The next stop was the Buddh International racing circuit in Delhi where Prince William sat behind the wheel of a Formula E racing car simulator and was overjoyed when, he finished a lap in two minutes six seconds.
Ties between Britain and India go back to the days India was a British colony. Prince William read a message from Queen Elizabeth about the historic connection between the two countries, touting their “enduring friendship, shared culture and business opportunities between the two countries.” By all accounts, the royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be considered a grand success.