Sunday, 10 April 2016

Royal Tours of India

There is a huge amount of attention on the tour of India and Bhutan that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge start today. They have a packed and high profile agenda and we'll be hearing plenty about this visit in the days to come. But several royals have made big visits to India in the past few years. As William and Kate prepare to follow in their footsteps, here is a look back at recent royal trips to India.

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway made a week long official visit to India in 2006 and posed for another famous photo in front of the Taj Mahal. The couple visited Mumbai, New Delhi, Rajasthan and Agra during their seven days in the country.

Philippe and Mathilde of the Belgians last visited India in 2010 included stops in New Delhi and Mumbai where they attended a fashion show.

In 2005, the royal couple took a ride on the metro in New Delhi as part of  seven day tour of India which also took them to Bangalore and Mumbai.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited the Mumbai Stock Exchange during her visit to India in 2008.  She also spent time in Pune and Agra on this trip.

Felipe and Letizia, still Prince and Princess of Asturias, headed to India for a three day visit in 2009 when they met politicians and had engagements linked to language as they spent time in New Delhi.

There was a Dutch State Visit to India in 2007 when then Queen Beatrix was accompanied by Willem-Alexander and Maxima on a four day visit to the country which included a string of engagements in New Delhi as well as a chance to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Maxima returned in 2014 as a queen when she visited New Delhi and Mumbai in her capacity as a special UN ambassador for inclusive finance and took part in a series of meetings.

There is a special page about William and Kate in India and Bhutan here.

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