The royal couple capped their first day

  • William and Kate are travelling without their two children — 2 1/2-year-old Prince George and 11-month-old Princess Charlotte.They’ll also take a one-day trip to neighbouring Bhutan. Presented with garlands on arrival, the couple scattered petals in the water. They had taken George to Australia with them in 2014 on their last royal tour. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a warm reception on their first official visit to the subcontinent from a population long fascinated with the monarchy of its former colonial masters. Also attending were Tendulkar and other Indian sports stars, as well as business leaders. William and Kate will then head back to India, where they’ll wind up their tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal, retracing the steps of a 1992 visit to the monument of love by William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

    The royal couple capped their first day in India at a charity ball at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel attended by Bollywood stars, including Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.. After the cricket, William and Kate headed to the ancient Banganga Tank, part of a temple complex and a hugely significant site in Hindu mythology, where makeshift homes sit beneath luxury skyscrapers in the plush Malabar Hill district. They touched down in Mumbai shortly after 11 am (0530 GMT). Other highlights of their week-long trip include a visit to Kaziranga National Park in the remote northeastern state of Assam and a two-day spell in Bhutan, where they will meet the Himalayan nation’s king and queen and embark on a six-hour hike. At the maidan, they learnt about the work of three local charities who help some of Mumbai’s most vulnerable children. They met children and volunteers from three Mumbai non-governmental organisations that work with the poor and took a tour of Mumbai in an open-top wholesale velvet upholstery fabric bus with slum kids.

    Prince William and his wife Kate played cricket and also took a tour of Mumbai in an open-top bus with slum children as they began their tour of India on Sunday.The royal couple displayed handy batting skills on Mumbai’s Oval Maidan after meeting representatives from three charities and chatting with cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Dilip Vengsarkar.Kate, wearing a long pink and green printed tunic dress by Indian designer Anita Dongre, connected well with a few shots while William even smashed a six, albeit with a tennis ball and a very short boundary. William’s mother Princess Diana caused a sensation when she was photographed looking forlorn in front of the Taj Mahal in 1992, and his imminent visit with Kate to the marble mausoleum at Agra has India’s media abuzz. During their trip, the royal couple will sit down for lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.Former cricketers Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar react as the Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket with children at Oval Maidan. In a nod to William’s conservation efforts, they’ll visit Assam state’s Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world’s Indian one-horned rhinos