Tatas absent at Prince William and Kate’s Mumbai reception

BACKwilliam-kateThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are on a tour of India, were joined by film stars, sports heroes, and business people for a charity gala at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai.

Shah Ruhk Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Sachin Tendulkar were among those who joined the Royal couple at the fundraising event that supports 3 children’s charities, Magic Bus, ChildLine and Doorstep. The Duchess was photographed playing cricket at the Oval Maidan, and showed she has a pretty swift swing of the bat.

According to reports the couple turned down staying at a grand Tata suite as the company is preparing to withdraw its UK steel operations putting thousands of jobs at risk. The gala will not be attended by Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry or members of the Tata family.

This trip is one of few foreign royal engagements this year and according to the palace press, Will and Kate have wanted to go to India since they married 5 years ago.

They will spend a week touring the country and on the last day they will visit the Taj Mahal where William’s mother Princess Diana was famously photographed on a trip to the country in 1992. Reports say William feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there.

The couple are staying at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel that overlooks the Gateway of India, that was built to commemorate the visit of William’s great-grandparents King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, when India was a part of the British Raj.

The Royal pair will visit Delhi where they will pay respects to the Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the first world war, and meet with PM Narendra Modi. They will also celebrate the Queen’s birthday at an event in Delhi and will tour the Kaziranga national park, home of the endangered one-horned rhino, and meet wildlife rangers who defend the rare rhinos from poachers.