Kate Middleton and Prince William are preparing for their spring tour to India that will involve many visits to historic sites and showing their appreciation to the people of the nation for their hospitality and good relationship with the monarchy over the decades.
This week, Kensington Palace announced that the young royals will make their way to the Taj Mahal on Saturday, April 16, in order to give them the opportunity to “thank the people of India for their hospitality.”
Over the duration of the 7-day trip to India that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to embark on, the couple will also visit the neighboring kingdom of Bhutan, where they are set to meet King Jugme and Queen Jetsun.
A royal spokesperson spoke in the stead of the parents to adorable little ones Prince George, 2, and Chalotte, 9 months.
“[Kate and William] are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan. Their visit to India will be an introduction to a country that they plan to build an enduring relationship with.”
IBN Live relays additional travel details about the Duke and Duchess’ tour.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will land in Mumbai on April 10, then leave for Bhutanese capital Thimpu on April 14 before returning to India on April 16 to depart for the UK. They will land in Mumbai and proceed to Delhi for two days on April 11, followed by Kaziranga National Park where they are scheduled to spend April 12 and 13. “
The spokesperson spoke further on the intentions and excitement of William and Kate for their greatly anticipated journey.
“In India, the Duke and Duchess will see a variety of aspects of contemporary Indian life, focusing on young people, sport, entrepreneurship, Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life. Their Royal Highnesses will begin their visit in the creative and business hub of Mumbai. They will then travel to the capital New Delhi, which is the seat of history and politics in the world’s largest democracy.”
As Closer reminds, the trip will be a wonderful way for the royals to strengthen ties to the beautiful nation of India and as it approaches is reminiscent of the journey William’s late mother Princess Diana took back in 1992, only months before she and Prince Charles announced their separation after 15 years of marriage.
During her travels to India, some of the most iconic pictures capturing Princess Diana were taken. One such photo pictures Diana sitting alone outside on a white bench in front of the Taj Mahal. The beautiful mother to Prince Harry and Prince William died tragically in a car crash at the age of 36 in August of 1997.
A number of times the similarities between Diana and Kate have been drawn in regards to poise and sense of fashion. If U.S. Kate Middleton fans wish to look as impossibly chic as she is likely going to be as she arrives in India, it’s become more possible to do so seeing as the Duchess’ go-to designer is now selling pieces in North America.
As AOL relays, Goat, a brand that has been a royal favorite, has now launched a website in the U.S. and the founder of the beloved line shares what to expect from designs.
“For over 10 years, Goat has been associated as the go-to brand for people in the know; a destination for women seeking expertly crafted effortless luxury. We know that the American woman has an appetite for the brand, and we are excited to make it accessible to her.”
Not only the Duchess, but Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, and Victoria Beckham are known to buy up pieces from the Goat line as well.
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