5 highlights of Kate and William's upcoming tour
So now we have an itinerary, it's time to start picking highlights. We already knew that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be travelling to India and Bhutan between April 10th and April 16th but now we know just what they are planning. And some engagements are springing out as big moments in the making. Here's five exciting events we can look forward to when William and Kate go on tour.
Hooray for Bollywood. The start of their tour will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest and best known film stars in the world as they attend what Kensington Palace are calling a 'glittering reception' with the promise of 'red carpet arrivals'. The big evening event takes place in Mumbai at the end of their first full day and will see them meet celebs and business leaders.
The Cambridges will be paying tribute to Gandhi as their tour of India continues. In New Delhi they will be visiting Gandhi Smriti, the museum at Old Birla House where Gandhi lived in his final years and where the royal visitors will see the path he walked in the garden where he was assassinated. New Delhi will also include a visit to the main war memorial, the India Gate, where they will pay their respects. And New Delhi is also where they will help get the celebrations under way for the Queen's 90th birthday (April 21st in case you'd forgotten) with a party at the British High Commissioner's Residence.
(photo By Hideyuki KAMON (originally posted to Flickr as Footprints) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
They will visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam, home to the world's largest population of Great One-horned rhinos pic.twitter.com/vyq4G0gIpW— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 29, 2016
There's a chance to get close to nature for William and Kate when they head to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It gets under way as evening falls and we've been promised camp fires and dancing as this part of the trip gets underway. But with the Duke of Cambridge so passionate about nature and ending wildlife crime, this part of the trip will focus on some of the issues linked to that as he and Kate hear about efforts there to stop poaching. There might well be some quotes from William here and while the setting will be beautiful, the message will probably be hard hitting.
They've been compared to each other many times before so when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet the King and Queen of Bhutan we'll get to see two of the most famous and glamourous royal couples in the world together. William and Kate head to the Himalayan kingdom on April 14th and will take part in traditional ceremonies there as well as having an audience with King Jegme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.
The final day of the tour will be among the most poignant for William as he and Kate visit the Taj Mahal, the great monument to love where his mother posed, alone, for some of the most famous photos ever taken of her. The significance of this visit has already been acknowledged by Kensington Palace which says that William feels 'lucky to visit a place where his mother's memory is kept alive by so many who visit there'. The tour will end with what will surely become another famous photo but this time of Diana's son and his wife together. Get ready for a tour to remember and images we'll no doubt never forget.
And there is a special page about William and Kate's tour of India and Bhutan here.