Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William, Kate Middleton to visit India in April

Both Prince William and Kate Middleton will arrive in India on April 10.

Updated: Feb 26, 2016, 18:45 PM IST
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William, Kate Middleton to visit India in April

New Delhi: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit India in April, 24 years after Princess Diana toured the country.

They will arrive in India on April 10 and then proceed to Bhutan on April 14.

While in India, the couple will visit the iconic Taj Mahal and the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

This will be the first time the Duke and the Duchess will visit India.

Their tour will conclude on April 16.

Bhutan's young King and Queen, who are expecting their first child in a matter of weeks, will host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

According to The Kensington Palace, William and Kate will leave their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, behind when they embark on the trip.

"The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan. Their visit to India will be an introduction to a country that they plan to build an enduring relationship with.

"They will pay tribute to India's proud history, but also are keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of young Indian people and the major role they will play in shaping the 21st century," a spokesperson of The Kensington Palace said.

They will land in Mumbai and proceed to Delhi for two days on April 11, followed by Kaziranga National Park where they are scheduled to spend April 12 and 13.

The Royal couple will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on April 16, where 24-years-ago Prince William's mother Princess Diana had posed for one of her most iconic photos in 1992.

William, 33, the second in line to Britain's throne, and his 34-year-old wife are looking forward to their trip to India and Bhutan, The Kensington Palace said.

Princess Diana, then 30-years-old, was scheduled to visit the world-famous monument of love with her husband Prince Charles, but finally made the trip alone. The couple announced their separation a few months later in December 1992.

"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.

"Their Royal Highnesses will begin their visit in the creative and business hub of Mumbai. They will then travel to the capital New Delhi, which is the seat of history and politics in the world's largest democracy," he said.

The Royal couple's India visit had been announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK last November, as being undertaken at the request of the UK government to promote India-UK ties.

(With agency inputs)