The much-awaited arrival of the royal couple to India was finally over when Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton arrived in Mumbai on April 10. This was marked by the royals paying tribute to the victims of 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks. The first place where the royal couple always wanted to go after their marriage was India, William told the press during his speech at the Taj Mahal Resort in Mumbai.
“Two children and five years later, we have finally made it and we are both honored to be here,” Prince William said.The performance by the Bollywood dancers stunned the royal couple. They offered their condolences to more than 100 people killed in the recent temple fire in Kollam. Prince William also highlighted the historic connections between India and Britain.
“My family has a long and proud connection with India, and although our relationship has evolved, my family’s high regard for India – the largest country in the Commonwealth – remains unchanged,” William said, People reported.
The sporty Kate joined the cricket match with children from charities Magic Bus, Doorstep and India’s Childline. She wore a summer dress by Mumbai’s designer Anita Dongre, Daily Mail reported. The children taught Kate how to count till five in Hindi as she knelt down to join them. The couple even met the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
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The couple landed 20 minutes ahead of their scheduled time in Mumbai on a British Airways flight along with their entourage of 10: Rebecca Deacon, Kate’s Secretary; Miguel Head, William’s Secretary; Amanda Cook Tucker, Kate’s hairdresser; Natasha Archer, fashion stylist; Sir David Manning, former British Ambassador and advisor to William and Harry; Jason Knauf, Katrina McKeever, Charlotte Pool and Marnie Gaffney, members of the press team; and operations manager whose name is not listed.