In Photos: Prince William and Kate Middleton on Their Royal Tour of India and Bhutan
On April 11, the royal couple flew into New Delhi, where they laid a wreath of marigolds at India Gate, a memorial to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died while fighting for the British Army during World War I. "Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for India," read a note on the wreath signed William and Catherine.
After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess made their way to Gandhi Smriti, a museum where Mahatma Gandhi spent the final years of his life. They received a private tour, where they saw Gandhi’s bedroom and retraced India’s founding father’s final footsteps.
Will and Kate then watched a children's choir performance, and the Prince later tried his hand at Indian cooking. The pair topped off their day by attending an early birthday party held in honor of the Queen, who turns 90 on April 21. (Obviously, they cut the large cake with a sword.)
Over the past couple of days the duo had a private meeting with NGOs working in Delhi before they headed to the Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam to watch a local fireside festival and go on safari. They then headed to Bhutan where they were greeted by King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema.
On the couple's last day, they visited the famous Taj Mahal and sat on the same bench that Diana famously sat on in 1992, when she was visiting the monument by herself without Prince Charles.
Of course, folks have become obsessed with Kate’s various travel looks, which included a red Alexander McQueen dress, a patterned midi dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre, a cobalt blue Jenny Packham gown, a cream knee-length dress by Emilia Wickstead, a black and white Temperley London gown, a Glamorous Red Navy Boarder Print Lace Up Maxi, a green dress by Temperley London, a printed Anna Sui dress, a dotted RM Williams button-up, brown biker pants by Zara, a Topshop Embroidered Print Midi Dress, and a blue and white Naeem Khan dress.
Onward, for photos of their whirlwind trip.
Paying Their Respects at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
William and Kate laid a wreath at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in honor of the victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The couple also spent the night at the luxurious hotel.
Kate Plays a Round of Cricket
For their second engagement, Kate hit the field despite wearing heels.
The Duke and Duchess met with children from three charities: Magic Bus, Childline and Doorstep.
Visiting Historic Sites
The royal couple visited the historic Banganga water tank in Mumbai.
Dazzling at a Bollywood Ball
Will and Kate returned to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for a reception in honor of India's film industry where William gave a speech. "When Catherine and I were married, India was the first place on Catherine's list that she told me that she wanted to visit," he said. "Two children and five years later, we have finally made it – and we are both honored to be here."
Laying a Wreath at India Gate
The duo flew to New Delhi where they laid a wreath at India Gate, a memorial to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died while fighting for the British Army during World War I.
Getting a Tour of Ghandi's Home
After visiting India Gate, the pair got a tour of Ghandi Smriti, a museum where Mahatma Ghandi, spent the final years of his life.
Retracing Ghandi's Final Steps
William and Kate finished their tour by retracing Ghandi's final footsteps from his bedroom to the garden where he was assassinated in 1948.
William Gets Behind the Wheel
The couple met the team behind Mahindra Racing and William got a chance to sit in a race car simulator where he completed a circuit in a lap time of 2 minutes and 6 seconds.
Cooking up a storm
William tried his hand at making a dosa using an automatic machine invented by a company from Bangalore.
Attending a Birthday Party for the Queen
Will and Kate finished their second day of engagements with and early birthday party in honor of The Queen. William will deliver a speech at the garden party in honor of his grandmother.
Visiting a Children's Center
On their third day of engagements, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visites a children's centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak in New Delhi.
The royal couple played games at a temporary shelter for boys located close to the train station.
Meeting the Prime Minister
Kate had a quick outfit change before meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for lunch.
Enjoying a Performance
The Duchess had another outfit change to take in a fireside festival at the village of Assam.
Learning About the Park
The couple were given information about the sanctuary at Kaziranga National Park, in Assam, India, on the fourth day of their royal tour.
Greeting Forrest Officials
William has been a strong supporter of wildlife conservation and took the time to meet with park officials to chat about their work.
Heading Out on Safari
Will and Kate enjoyed a safari where they spotted rhinos and elephants.
Visiting a Local Village
Kate Middleton changed into a dress for her visit to Pan Bari Village in Assam after spending the morning on safari.
Feeding Baby Elephants
The Duke and Duchess enjoyed feeding the baby elephants in Pan Bari Village.
Greeting Bhutanese Royalty
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with the King of Bhutan's sister Chhimi Yangzom and her husband.
Will and Kate tried their hands at archery at the Changlimithang Archery Ground in Bhutan.
Visiting a Buddhist Temple
The British royals arrived at Thimpgu Dzong in Bhutan and participated in a Chipdrel, a traditional welcome ceremony.
Attending a Royal Ball
Kate donned a Tory Burch dress to attend a dinner with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.
Hiking to a Mountaintop Monastery
Will and Kate embarked on a three-hour climb to the top of the Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Spinning Prayer Wheels
Half-way up the hike, the Duke and Duchess span prayer wheels.
Attending a Reception
After their hike, the royal attended a reception celebrating Britain's relationship with Bhutan. Kate wore a dress by Beulah, that featured poppies the national flower of Bhutan.
Visiting the Taj Mahal
Will and Kate followed in Princess Diana's footsteps by posing on the same bench she did in 1992 during her tour of India.