In their first royal tour in two years, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, played cricket with the maestro Sachin Tendulkar in a Mumbai park on Sunday.
In addition to trying their hand at the widely popular sport of the country at Mumbai’s Oval Maidan recreation ground in front of an audience of onlookers, the couple also attended a glamorous Bollywood dinner the same evening.
As reported by Mirror.co.uk, the Duke and his wife, cited as “WillKat” in the local media, were staying at the Taj Mahal Palace, the location attacked by terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2008. William and Kate were pictured bowing their heads and placed a wreath in honor of the dozens who were killed in the deadly incident. “In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. William, Catherine,” a message on the wreath said.
The couple’s next stop was at the Banganga water tank, where they were welcomed with dancers and were presented garlands to scatter on the water, CNN reported.
They were informed about the deadly fire incident in Kollam, Kerala, which occurred on the same day. As many as 100 people were killed in the fire. William and Kate were “saddened by the news and send their thoughts to all who are assisting the victims,” according to a spokesperson for the Kensington Palace.
They attended a glittering Bollywood gala in the evening. In his speech, William said that his wife had always wanted to visit India. “When Catherine and I were married, India was the first place on Catherine’s list that she told me that she wanted to visit,” he said. “Two children and five years later, we have finally made it – and we are both honoured to be here.”
Richard Hawkes, of the British Asian Trust, which organized the event, said, “Because of all the people who are coming tonight, the amount of publicity is a brilliant opportunity to talk about what we’re doing. We’re about the British Asian community in the UK seeking to make the biggest possible difference that it can in South Asia together with the convening power of our president the Prince of Wales – so our world is about that.”
The couple’s next stops are scheduled to be the Indian capital of New Delhi, Kaziranga National Park, Bhutan, and finally Agra where trip will come to an end with a trip to the Taj Mahal on April 16.
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