William and Kate arrive in Mumbai, pay tribute to 26/11 victims

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2016 14:07 IST
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand after paying their respects at the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. (REUTERS)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Mumbai today on their first visit to India and paid tributes to the victims of the 2/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

The royal couple, who landed in Mumbai shortly before noon, visited the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Palace Hotel .

They laid a wreath at the memorial and also spoke to the hotel staff who were present when the iconic hotel was attacked in November 2008. The hotel overlooks the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911. The royal couple arrived here on a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, aimed at building up strong bonds with the two countries.

They later headed to the Oval Maidan to watch and take part in a cricket match between beneficiaries and representatives of three charities based in Mumbai - Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline.

In the evening, they will attend a glittering reception and dinner alongside some of the biggest names in business and Bollywood, to celebrate Mumbai’s film and creative industries. They will go to Delhi tomorrow and begin their tour there by paying respects to India’s military contributions and honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

The royal couple will visit the Taj Mahal which Prince William’s mother late Princess Diana visited 24 years ago.

“Twenty four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of their tour,” a release said.

The couple will also visit Kaziranga National Park in

Assam where they will find out more about the role of

conservation in the lives of rural people there.

The royal couple are interested in seeing how communities

manage the conflicts that arise when humans and wild animals

live in close proximity. They will also meet park rangers

inside Kaziranga to discuss how they protect the animal

population from poachers, as demand for rhino horns continues

to rise in other parts of Asia.

They will then fly to Bhutan to learn about the beautiful,

mountainous country that has famously prioritised the

happiness of its people above all other national goals

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