On the second day of their tour in India, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with young entrepreneurs, the future of India, before visiting Mahatma Ghandi’s house.
Still in Mumbai, William and Kate attended a GREAT event; this tour is being undertaken on behalf of the government – not The Queen – and so the Duke and Duchess are there to help build on the relationship between the UK and India, which includes entrepreneurship and business.
The couple were testing out the newest technology ventures to help do this.
The Cambridges had a go at learning Braille, as they mingled with entrepreneurs, through a virtual reality headset. They then worked together to type ‘George’ out on the machine. The couple also had a go at making a dosa (an Indian style crepe) with an automatic machine; William approved, calling it ‘delicious’.
The Duke tried his hand at virtual F1 racing too.
Also at the event, the Royals visited The Social, a cafe and business centre for local innovators.
As William & Kate arrive in New Delhi, here’s what their morning looked like in Mumbai at a GREAT event pic.twitter.com/t7Zmgc2phX
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Prince William gave a speech at the event, Catherine also up on stage, where he praised the ventures there and said it was clear to see the creative minds of the country.
It was then to New Delhi, the capital, for a wreath-laying at India Gate. The towering red standstone structure is India’s main war memorial, marking lives lost in the two world wars, the Third Anglo-Afghan War, and the Indo Pakistan War of 1971.
The note to the dead on the marigold wreath read: ‘Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for India’.
2016 continues the centenary of WWI, so William and Catherine wrote their note to honour this. 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought in the Great War on behalf of Britain.
Mahatma Ghandi was then remembered at his house in Gandhi Smriti; Old Birla House was where the leader of the Indian independence movement spent the last few months of his life.
The Royal visitors took a tour of the house and learnt about his history, including the time he spent in the UK.
William and Kate took a stroll in the gardens, and then retraced the leader’s footsteps to the garden, where he was assassinated in 1948. In respect, they removed their shoes and paid their respects on the spot Ghandi died, scattering flower petals.
They held a few moments silence at the memorial, the spot where Ghandi was shot him three times in the chest by a here a fanatical Hindu nationalist in 1948. Written on the stone plaque was Gandhi’s last words ‘Hey Ram’ (Oh God), the leaders last words.
This evening the Duke and Duchess attended a garden party to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday. More details here.