Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will view the Taj Mahal, the immortal monument to love, during their India visit beginning April 10. The British royal couple will travel to Mumbai, New Delhi and visit the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. They will also travel to neighbouring Bhutan.
According to a British High Commission statement, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Mumbai on April 10, and the following day leave for New Delhi. After their engagements in New Delhi, they will travel to Kaziranga and spend April 12-13 at the national park famed for its one-horned rhinos. From there, they will travel to Bhutan and spend two days in Thimphu. They return to India and end their tour with a visit to the Taj Majal in Agra on April 16.
Prince William&’s mother, Princess Diana, had visited the Taj Majal in 1992. There is a picture of her sitting alone on a bench in front of the marble mausoleum.
This is the first time the Duke and Duchess have visited either country.
The visit is being undertaken at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, said the statement.
In India, The Duke and Duchess will see a variety of aspects of contemporary Indian life, focusing on young people, sport, entrepreneurship, Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life, said the official statement.
In Kaziranga National Park, The Duke and Duchess will experience the rich variety of wildlife and pay tribute to the rural traditions of the communities who live around the park.
In Bhutan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very much looking forward to meeting Their Majesties The King and Queen of Bhutan, and continuing the relationship between their families. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and culture of this beautiful mountain kingdom and its people.
The Duke and Duchess will conclude their tour back in India at the UNESCO World Heritage site the Taj Mahal on April 16, allowing them the chance to thank the people of India for their hospitality by visiting their most iconic landmark, the statement said.
According to a Kensington Palace spokesperson: "This tour, coming shortly before The Queen’s 90th birthday, will also allow The Duke and Duchess to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s huge contribution to the diplomatic success of Britain and The Commonwealth."
Bhutan royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, were blessed with a baby boy on January 29.