Prince William and his wife Kate will visit India early next year, royal officials said on Friday amid a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain.
This will be the royal couple’s first visit to India. “Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit India in the spring of 2016,” a statement from their Kensington Palace residence said, using their official titles. “Full details will be confirmed early next year.”
The announcement was made after Modi, who was on his second day of the three-day visit to the UK on Friday, had lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
The trip could carry memories for William of his mother, the late Princess Diana, who famously posed outside the Taj Mahal, a monument to love, in 1992 as her marriage to Prince Charles collapsed.
Modi stayed overnight at Chequers, the 16-century mansion in Buckinghamshire that is the British Prime Minister’s country retreat, and held “intensive” discussions with Cameron in the morning after a walk in the gardens of the residence. Gifts were exchanged by the two leaders, including books on the World War I.
Modi then went to the Buckingham Palace for a lunch with Queen Elizabeth – the first such appointment for any Indian Prime Minister. There were some protests outside the palace gates by climate change campaign group Avaaz.
With inputs from AFP