A Bollywood gala awaits Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, during their upcoming visit to India next month.
William and Kate will arrive in India on April 10 before travelling to Bhutan on April 14 and returning to India on April 16, when they will visit the Taj Mahal.
The couple will be present at a special evening with stars of India’s flourishing Hindi film industry. The event will be held on April 10 at a hotel in Mumbai, and will raise money for charities helping street children, reports Mirror.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet B-town's A-listers, including Shah Rukh Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and others on their first evening in India.
According to Pinkvilla, the British royals will stay at the Taj Palace Hotel, where a gala reception and dinner is being hosted in their honour.
"Most of the invites have been sent out to the Hindi film industry's A-listers, including Shah Rukh Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. Several businessmen, politicians, cricketers and socialites are also expected to attend. Ranveer Singh whose shooting schedule on a foreign location coincides with the event, is also trying to work out his dates," a source said.
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Hosted by the British High Commission, in partnership with The British Asian Trust, the gala will raise funds for three charitable organisations- Magic Bus, Doorstep, and Childline. Prince William and Kate will meet the representatives of the organisations earlier that day.
Preparations have begun with Amit Chowdhury, the executive chef of Taj, reports Pinkvilla. He will personally design the lavish dinner spread which will include an array of Indian delicacies.
Before the star-studded evening kicks off, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will lay a wreath at the 26/11 memorial inside the hotel and meet the brave hearts among the staff who helped protect guests during the 2008 attacks. They will then proceed to the Oval Maidan to watch a cricket match.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will fly to Delhi the next day to attend a birthday party for Her Majesty The Queen at the residence of the British High Commissioner for her 90th birthday.
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Kensington Palace has revealed that they will follow in the footsteps of Princess Diana and visit the Taj Mahal.
Next on their itinerary will be Kaziranga National Park in Assam, which is home to two-thirds of the world's population of Indian one-horned rhinos as well as the endangered swamp deer.