In pics: Will-Kate’s royal safari at Assam’s Kaziranga park

Updated on Apr 13, 2016 07:01 PM IST

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.

Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge feeds a rhino calf during a visit to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park, Assam on Wednesday.(PTI)
Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge feeds a rhino calf during a visit to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park, Assam on Wednesday.(PTI)
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times | By, Kaziranga (assam)

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.

Playing with baby elephants. (PTI)
Playing with baby elephants. (PTI)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge feed rhino calves. (PTI)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge feed rhino calves. (PTI)
Prince William and his wife Kate enjoy jeep safari at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Prince William and his wife Kate enjoy jeep safari at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, entered the Bagori range of the forest in an open Maruti Gypsy around 7.30am. (AFP Photo)
Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, entered the Bagori range of the forest in an open Maruti Gypsy around 7.30am. (AFP Photo)
The British royal couple also interacted with the forest staff who guard the park. (PTI Photo)
The British royal couple also interacted with the forest staff who guard the park. (PTI Photo)
The park, home to the rare one-horned rhinos, is a Unesco World Heritage site. (PTI Photo)
The park, home to the rare one-horned rhinos, is a Unesco World Heritage site. (PTI Photo)
Before hopping on to the Gypsy, the couple were welcomed by the park officials with a gift of traditional Assamese shawls. (AFP Photo)
Before hopping on to the Gypsy, the couple were welcomed by the park officials with a gift of traditional Assamese shawls. (AFP Photo)
Park officials said the couple interacted with the forest staff and tried to understand the problems of the park. (Reuters Photo)
Park officials said the couple interacted with the forest staff and tried to understand the problems of the park. (Reuters Photo)
“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 a guard, adding that Kate clicked photographs during the entire safari. (AFP Photo)
“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 a guard, adding that Kate clicked photographs during the entire safari. (AFP Photo)
Prince William and his wife at the Bahori Range of Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Prince William and his wife at the Bahori Range of Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Kate Middleton interacts with the girls of Jhoomar dance cultural troop at Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park of Assam. (PTI Photo)
Kate Middleton interacts with the girls of Jhoomar dance cultural troop at Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park of Assam. (PTI Photo)
Prince William, and his wife, Kate, pose with the Jhoomar dance cultural troop at Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park. (PTI Photo)
Prince William, and his wife, Kate, pose with the Jhoomar dance cultural troop at Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park. (PTI Photo)
Prince William greets an Assamese dancer at the Kaziranga National Park. (AP Photo)
Prince William greets an Assamese dancer at the Kaziranga National Park. (AP Photo)
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