Duchess Kate And Will’s Schedule Revealed For April India Trip
Duchess Kate and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, are heading East soon to visit India and Bhutan. Details of Will and Kate’s trip were revealed today, which begins April 10. Kate Middleton and Prince Williams will be going away for only six days, until April 16, but their schedule is already looking extremely full!
Kate and Will haven’t been to India or Bhutan yet and are officially very excited for their trip, according to a Kensington Palace statement, which revealed, “The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet the people of India and Bhutan.”
As is custom, their trip is not exactly a holiday, and their schedule is already looking incredibly full. Leaving from the UK, they will first head to Mumbai, and a number of engagements await them in India. They will then head for Bhutan, where they will meet their Majesties the King and Queen, who have been nicknamed the “Will and Kate” of the Himalayas, according to the Daily Mail.Duchess Kate and Prince William’s trip will begin in Mumbai, where they will first pay tribute to the victims of the 2008 terrorist attacks. The royals are actually staying at the Taj Palace Hotel, as reported by the Hindu, and will lay a wreath at a memorial inside the hotel after meeting members of staff who helped protect guests during the attacks.
Will and Kate will attend a cricket match in Mumbai’s famous Oval Maiden public space and meet local charity workers from Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline. All three work with children who live in the slums, and Kensington Palace promised a “couple of surprises” at this event.
The Duke and Duchess will meet more locals and get a sense of what life is like in Mumbai. In the evening, Kate and Will will meet some famous Bollywood stars and well-known names from the Mumbai business scene. This event, hosted by the British High Commission, will raise funds for the three charities Will and Kate will have visited earlier that day.
Supporting charities is highly important to Duchess Kate, who made her last public appearance 10 days ago at the opening of a secondhand clothing store, as the Inquisitr reported.The next day of the Duke and Duchess’ visit will be dedicated to meeting young entrepreneurs and getting a sense of the vibrant business scene in India.
Kate and Will are then headed to New Delhi, where their trip will take a turn for the political, learning about Mahatma Gandhi’s life and paying respect to India’s military contributions with the visit of the India Gate memorial.
That evening, the Duke and Duchess will attend a birthday party for Her Majesty The Queen at the residence of the British High Commissioner ahead of her 90th birthday the following week.
But Will and Kate are also going to be visiting conservation organizations and learning about elephants, birds, endangered species, and other animals India is home to. In the National Park of Kaziranga, they will get the opportunity to witness the close link between local people and animals. This part of the visit will begin on April 12, which is the beginning of the Bohag Bihu festival: the Assamese New Year. On this occasion, Duchess Kate and her husband will meet local people and see artistic performances.
In the park, over the course of the next day, the Duke and Duchess will learn about the environmental realities that make living in the park a growing danger, between floodings and elephant and rhinos paths.
On April 14, Will and Kate are heading to Bhutan, where they will take part in another traditional celebration with music, dancing, and plenty of color. They will then meet the King and Queen in a private audience before heading to meet local NGO workers and young people in the afternoon. In the evening, they are invited to share dinner with the King and Queen at Lingkana Palace.Duchess Kate and Prince Williams will have a private dinner with the King and Queen at Lingkana Palace that evening.
On the following day, the Duke and Duchess Kate will hike to Paro Taktsang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Perched on the edge of a mountain, it is located near the cave where Guru Padmasambhava, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan, is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days in the eighth century. Prince Charles visited the Monastery in 1998, and Kate and Will are said to be thrilled to be heading there.
They will hike to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, visited by the Prince of Wales in 1998 pic.twitter.com/4chly4ZGNg
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 29, 2016
The following day, Kate and Will are headed back to India and will finish their trip with a visit to the Taj Mahal, which holds a special place in Will’s heart. Indeed, the late Princess Diana, who is adored in India, was pictured there in iconic photographs, and her memory is kept alive by so many who make the trip to the beautiful location. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to creating some new memories there and thank the Indian people before ending their trip.
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