The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Williams and Kate Middleton will visit India and Bhutan in April. Kensington Palace officially confirmed the dates of the Royal couple’s visit.
The Royal Highnesses will arrive in India on Sunday, April 10, before travelling to Bhutan on Thursday, April 14. The Royal Tour concludes back in India on Saturday April 16.
Following the footsteps of Princess Diana who visited India 24 years ago, the royal couple will make their first move. In 1992, in a solo trip to India, Princess Diana was pictured sitting on a bench in front of world’s most romantic site months before she and Prince Charles separated.
This is not the first time when visiting the Taj Mahal, considered as a symbol of love, coincided with separation soon after. Singer Katy Perry, during her visit to India in December 2009, posed in front of the Taj Mahal with her boyfriend Rusell Brand.
Pipa Middleton, the sister of Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Taj Mahal with her boyfriend Nico Jackson in December 2013, and then split on October 2015, according to Cosmopolitan.
Now, the Royal couple will again create a different moment at the UNESCO’s world heritage site. They will not be accompanied by Prince George and Princess Charlotte this time.
The Royal couple is set to visit the Taj Mahal, Mumbai, New Delhi and also the Kaziranga National Park in India. While in Bhutan, they will meet the Royal Majesties, King and Queen of Bhutan.
It’s been said an “advance team” from the British High Commission had held talks with officials in Agra on Thursday to sort out security arrangements for the royals according to Daily Mail
“The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said. “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 history, but also are keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of young Indian people and the major role they play in shaping the 21st century.
Their visit to Bhutan will allow them to continue a relationship with two Royal Families by meeting the King and the Queen. The Duke and Duchess have heard many wonderful things about the country and are grateful to have the opportunity to get to know the Bhutanese people.