British Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have begun packing for their Indian excursion. Last year, the couple confirmed their trip while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited them in their home country.
Unlike most royal getaways, which usually tote kings and queens around to meet other political and royal families, the duke and duchess have planned a variety activities that will take them to Bhutan, the Taj Mahal, and the slums of Mumbai.
Scheduled to land in Mumbai April 10, they will be staying at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where six bombs were detonated during the 2008 terror attacks. While in the city the couple will attend a children’s charity event hosted by members of the Hindi film industry. In contrast, the night of glamour will be followed up with a day of cricket with children from the neighbouring slums.
“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,” an official release from Kensington Palace stated.
Kate and William will then move on to Bhutan, where they will be visiting with the King and Queen before returning to India for a tour of the Taj Mahal. While their itinerary is littered with lavish events, the duke and duchess are determined (and destined) to see an accurate portrayal of life on the subcontinent.