THEIR Royal Highnesses Prince William and Kate Middleton will today honour Mahatma Gandhi, in Delhi, on day two of their tour of India after arriving in Mumbai at the start of a week-long trip, which also includes a visit to Bhutan,
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on their game as soon as they touched down in Mumbai, playing games and cricket at the Oval Maidan with the celebrated player Sachin Tendulkar and street children, as well as touring the slums made famous by the British film Slumdog Millionaire.
The couple also laid a wreath of white lilies in memory of the 31 people killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where they were staying, as pictured at the top.
They were also guests of honour at a Bollywood gala charity dinner at the hotel, with Kate, 34, wearing a blue Jenny Packham gown. Among guests they met was Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, 50, who said: “If they spend more time here I think they’ll love it. I could definitely show them a good time.”
The Duke and Duchess also made a dream come true for a 93-year-old Mumbai restaurant owner who launched a social media campaign to meet the Royal couple, when they invited him to their hotel for a chat.
Mr Boman Kohinoor, who owns the Britannia restaurant, in Mumbai, had been the subject of a Twitter campaign to get the royals to come to his café.
Although the Royal couple didn’t have time to go to Mr Kohinoor’s restaurant, they invited him to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Mumbai, before their Bollywood dinner last night for a chat.
A thrilled Mr Kohinoor said: “I met Their Royal Highnesses this evening at the Taj. They were very kind and asked me about my restaurant and my favourite dishes there. I told them about the berry pulao and how it’s made using my late wife’s recipe. I told them: give my love to the Queen, and to [your] children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, too.”