Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who are back in their official engagements, will visit India and Bhutan next month. Prince William was under criticism for not attending more than two official engagements since the beginning of the New Year.
The royal couple Kate Middleton and Prince William will arrive in India on Sunday 10th April, before travelling to Bhutan on Thursday 14th April. The Royal Tour concludes back in India on Saturday 16th April. This is the first visit of Duke and Dutchess together after Prince’s mother’s visit in mid-1980s to Taj Mahal.
Otherwise their itinerary covers a variety of aspects of contemporary Indian life, focusing on young people, sport, entrepreneurship, Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life. Beginning in Mumbai as the British royals always did, they will then travel to the capital New Delhi.
Later, in Kaziranga National Park, The Duke and Duchess will experience the wildlife and also pay tribute to the rural traditions of the communities who live around the park.
In Bhutan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very much looking forward to meeting Their Majesties The King and Queen of Bhutan, and continuing the relationship between their two families. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and culture of this beautiful mountain kingdom and its people.
The Duke and Duchess will conclude their tour back in India at the UNESCO World Heritage site the Taj Mahal on 16th April, allowing them the chance to thank the people of India for their hospitality by visiting their most iconic landmark.
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.
“This tour, coming shortly before The Queen’s 90th birthday, will also allow The Duke and Duchess to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s huge contribution to diplomacy in Britain and the Commonwealth.”
While the visit will be their first official overseas visit this year, the royal couple will be spending their time mostly attending the events in the United Kingdom and the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in April is expected to keep them busy once they return from India visit.
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Otherwise, on March 11, they will visit the urban youth charity XLP to see first hand the work carried out by their mentoring scheme XL Mentoring in London. It is mainly for young people aged between 11-18 years who are on the verge of exclusion or have been excluded from school, or are at risk of involvement or already involved in gangs, crime and anti-social behaviour.
The youngsters are provided with mentors who meet up with them for two hours a week for 12 months to learn new skills, set goals for the future and work hard to achieve them. The project was established by XLP and is operating in over 60 schools.
It deals with issues including drugs awareness, anger management, poverty and racism. Meanwhile, for William and Kate, it will not be their first visit to the XLP charity. The royal couple earlier were updated about the charity’s work March 2015.