Kate Middleton And Prince Williams Bhutan Tour, Full Plans Revealed, Making New Memories

Prince William and Kate Middleton are preparing for their 2016 tour to India. The reminiscing of William’s mother, Princess Diana, and her trip to Bhutan in the early 90s has begun, and many media outlets have pointed out that the trip for Diana was the turning point in her relationship with Prince Charles. The two separated soon after the journey.

As the Daily Mail shares, “The photograph of Princess Diana sitting alone at the Taj Mahal became an enduring image of the collapse of her marriage.”

The trip that William and Kate will embark on is meant to strengthen ties with the nation and also to build new memories associated with India. The couple intends to enjoy their time in Bhutan without dwelling on the past.

As the publication shares, the itinerary for Prince William and Kate communicates that “the Duke of Cambridge is of course aware of the huge esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales is held in India.” William understands the ties Diana’s memory has to the nation and appreciates how her visit to the nation so long ago has an iconic appeal.

The details about Prince William’s trip and feeling on the journey that is so dear to him, due to how his own mother is connected, is outlined in the itinerary description.

“[William] feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there 24 years on from her visit to the Taj.”

The Taj Mahal is, therefore, surely on that itinerary. William, 33, and Kate, 34, are set to embark on the trip, George and Charlotte-free, in early April. Additional stops are outlined, as noted by the Daily Mail.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will rub shoulders with Bollywood stars at a glittering reception and dinner being held in their honour in Mumbai on their upcoming visit to India and Bhutan. They will take in numerous locations over the course of the week, in what a spokesman described as their ‘most ambitious and colourful tour’ to date. Among the stops will be the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, one of the scenes of the 2008 terror attacks in which 164 people died.”

The tour will last from April 10 to 16. The couple will be a part of a six-day tour that will also involve taking a safari at Kaziranga national park that will include a stop at the elephant sanctuary that was set up by Mark Shand, who is the late brother of the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate and William will also watch the children play cricket and will participate in a challenging six-hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery in the isolated region of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Before the official release of the couple’s itinerary, there were talks that the Duke and Duchess would visit the poverty-stricken area of Mumbai. The section of the city that was made famous by the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has been confirmed to be on the couple’s schedule. While in this section of the city, Kate and William will interact with the children of the neighborhood.

“The royals will meet and play with children who live in slums around the city and will see people who are living in tough circumstances in a small slum during a visit to the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai.”

The visit will happen on the couple’s first day in the nation after an overnight flight from the U.K. The first stop for Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the welcoming ceremony at the Oval Maiden cricket ground.

Perhaps Kate can work on perfecting her walkabout while on tour, seeing as the Duchess indicated that she is often made fun of for being too chatty during meet-and-greets with the public, Pop Sugar reports.

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