Prince William and Kate visiting India on April 10
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton will embark on their maiden visit to India on April 10, when they arrive in Mumbai.
The British Royal Couple is also slated to visit the Kaziranga National Park in Assam as well as the Taj Mahal in Agra. They will also visit the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and return to New Delhi for wrapping up their visit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a lunch for the royal couple, the External Affairs Ministry said. “We look forward to welcome Duke and Duchess on their first visit to India, next week. In New Delhi, they are scheduled to lay a wreath at the India Gate and visit the Gandhi Smriti. PM Modi will host a lunch for them on April 12,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“The engagement with the British Royal Family has been an integral component of the India-UK relations. When PM Modi had visited the UK in November last, he was also invited for lunch by the Queen,” he said. The spokesperson said the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is reflective of the continued high-level engagement between India and the UK.
Meanwhile, another dignitary paying will visit the country on Sunday. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, accompanied by Foreign Minister and Fisheries Minister and three MPs, will come to India on a two-day visit starting April 10.
India and Maldives had commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations last year and the Maldivian President was also invited for the swearing-in ceremony of the Modi government in May 2014.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Maldives in November 2014 and October last year for the India-Maldives joint commission meeting which was held after a long gap.