Details of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to India and Bhutan have been released; the trip will see William and Catherine abroad between 10th and 16th of April.
The visit will begin in Mumbai, where the Royal couple will be seen in the creative and business hub in the city.
Next is to New Delhi, the capital of India, and also the seat of history and politics of the country.
The overriding themes of the visit will be young people, sport, entrepreneurship, urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life, but also to ‘pay tribute to Her Majesty’s huge contribution to diplomacy in Britain and the Commonwealth’, the Palace says.
A bit of wildlife, following the Duke’s interest in conservation, will be on the agenda at Kaziranga National Park; the couple will pay tribute to the rural traditions of the communities who live around the park.
Then it is to Bhutan, where The King and Queen of the small mountain kingdom, to further build on the relationship between their two Royal families. Heritage and culture of the people will be focussed upon.
After their excursion into Bhutan, William and Catherine will return to India for a visit to the Taj Mahal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Diana, Princess of Wales visited the marble mausoleum with Prince Charles in 1992.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “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.
“Their visit to Bhutan will allow them to continue a relationship between two Royal Families by meeting The King and Queen. The Duke and Duchess have heard many wonderful things about the country and are grateful to have this opportunity to get to know the Bhutanese people.