Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton will begin their maiden visit to India on April 10 when they arrive in Mumbai. The British Royal Couple is also slated to visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam as well as the Taj Mahal. They will also visit the Himalayan Kingdom Bhutan and return to New Delhi for wrapping up their visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would host a lunch for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the External Affairs Ministry said.
“”We look forward to welcome Duke and Duchess on their first visit to India, next week. In New Delhi, they are scheduled to lay a wreath at India Gate and visit Gandhi Smriti. Prime Minister Modi will host a lunch for them on April 12,”” MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“”Engagement with the British Royal Family has been an integral component of India-UK relations. When Prime Minister Modi had visited UK in November last, he had been invited for lunch by the Queen,” he said.
The spokesperson said the coming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is reflective of the continued high level engagement between India and U.K. On Sunday, New Delhi will have another dignitary paying visit to the country. The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, accompanied by Foreign Minister and Fisheries Minister and three MPs, will be visiting India on April 10 and 11. India and Maldives had commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations last year and the Maldivian President was also invited for the swearing in ceremony of the Modi government in May last year. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Maldives in November 2014 and October last year for the India-Maldives joint commission meeting which was held after a long gap.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is also slated to travel to Moscow for the 14th meeting of the Russia-India-China foreign ministers on April 18.”