From a Bollywood bash and a feast fit for kings in Mumbai to a six-hour trek in Asia’s happiest country, Prince William and Kate Middleton have a packed itinerary during their six-day visit to India and Bhutan next week. The royal couple will travel without their children, George and Charlotte, but an 11-member entourage will accompany them.
The first stop is Mumbai, and on the evening of April 10, they will grace a star-studded fundraiser in the secure ballroom of the Taj Mahal Hotel. Amitabh Bachchan will deliver the opening speech, followed by Shah Rukh Khan dancing to a medley of his chartbusters, from “Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam” and “Indiawale” to “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and “Gerua”. Kanika Kapoor will croon some classical tracks while Arjun Kapoor, who is basking in the success of his recent release, Ki and Ka, is gearing up to shake a leg too.
A memorial to 2006 terror attack victims and a visit to the Banganga Tank to meet slum dwellers will follow.
On April 11, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will chitchat with aspiring entrepreneurs to promote Britain abroad, before flying off in a chartered jet to lay a wreath at the India Gate war memorial. Their tour of the Capital will cap off with a birthday bash for the Queen who is set to turn 90, at the residence of the British High Commissioner.
An open-air drive and campfire at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, with a tour of the Discovery Centre built by the charity founded by Mark Shand, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla’s late brother, is planned. On April 13, after a ceremonial welcome by the King and Queen of Bhutan, Will-Kate will visit the Buddhist monastery of Thimpu Dzong and take a six-hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.
A bouquet of designers, including Michelle Obama’s favourite Indian fashion maverick, Bibhu Mohapatra and Saloni Lodha, will design their wardrobe. The Duchess’s assistant, Natasha Archer, and hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, will accompany Kate.
Buzz is, the royal couple and their entourage want to dress according to local taste. “Both day and night outfits have been designed keeping the weather and backdrop in mind, ensuring every moment is picture perfect,” informs a source. The tour will culminate at the must-see Taj Mahal.
Source: Mumbai Mirror