Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, toured Assam’s famed Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday and clicked photographs when they spotted one-horned rhinos, elephants, swamp deer and other wild animals during their two-hour safari.
They entered the Bagori range of the forest in an open Maruti Gypsy around 7.30 a.m. Before hopping on to the Gypsy, the couple were welcomed by park officials who gifted them traditional Assamese shawls. Residents of neighbouring villages lined up in front of the park entrance since early morning to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
The park, home to the rare one-horned rhinos, is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Park officials said the couple interacted with the forest staff and tried to understand the problems of the park as well as about the management of the park. “It was really nice to interact with them. They were thrilled to see all the animals in the park. They also enquired about the rhinos and how we patrol and manage the park,” one of the forest guards, with whom the royal couple interacted, told IANS, declining to be named. “The couple also watched swamp deer and buffalo, and the princess got excited when she spotted a baby rhino with its mother among a group of rhinos,” said the guard, adding that Kate clicked photographs during the entire safari.