Royal couple’s Mumbai visit could be full of surprises

  • Soubhik Mitra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2016 01:11 IST

Britain’s royal couple Prince William and his wife Kate’s India visit that starts from Mumbai on Sunday could be ‘full of surprises’, according to officials from the British high commission. The week-long tour which includes a two-day stay in the city would comprise multiple events where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would meet people from different walks, officials added.

The itinerary would include meetings with young entrepreneurs, Bollywood celebs, underprivileged children and slums dwellers in South Mumbai.

The visit would begin with their stay at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Colaba, a gesture being perceived to show their solidarity towards victims of the 26/11 terror attacks. On Sunday the royal couple would first visit Oval Maidan to watch and participate in a cricket match between beneficiaries and representatives of three city-based non-governmental organisations – India’s childline, Doorstep and Magic Bus. In the evening the British high commission and the British Asian Trust would host a gala dinner which would see the who’s who from the business world and Indian movie stars, according to a press statement issued by the British high commission.

“The Duke and Duchess are most excited about their first visit to India, and we hope this visit will mark the start of a long friendship between them and this magnificent and diverse country,” said Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, the British high commissioner to India.

He added, “They are embarking on a packed, varied and exciting programme where they will gain an understanding of modern India – a vibrant, entrepreneurial,

aspirational nation that faces both its challenges and huge opportunities with confidence. The royal couple would then head for the second leg of the journey which includes Delhi, Kaziranga national park, Thimpu in Bhutan and conclude their tour at the Taj Mahal in Agra, the release added.

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