Mumbai: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to honour India’s war dead and pay tribute to independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as their first official visit to to the country moves on to New Delhi.
The day will begin at a UK-backed event for young entrepreneurs in Mumbai.
In New Delhi, the couple will lay a wreath at the India Gate war memorial.
They will also attend a birthday party for the Queen, who turns 90 on 21 April, at the residence of the British High Commissioner in the city.
Their visit to the Gandhi museum in Old Birla House will see them pay their respects at the memorial marking the location where the statesman was assassinated in 1948.
A ceremony at India Gate in New Delhi will be an opportunity to honour a sacrifice that was in the past overlooked in both Britain and India.
The 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought and died for the British during World War One were once viewed in India as part of its difficult colonial history.
In a day devoted to paying tribute, William and Kate will also, quite literally, retrace Mahatma Gandhi’s final footsteps before he was murdered.
The country’s founding father – who once declared that non-violence was a weapon for the brave – had a vision, which wasn’t realised, of an independent, united land.
It was Prince William’s relative, Louis Mountbatten – the last Viceroy – who oversaw the creation of India and Pakistan.
Prince William, with his wife, will end the day by speaking about his grandmother – a woman soon to turn 90, who’s Britain’s longest reigning monarch but who was never Queen Empress of India.
On Sunday night, Prince William spoke of his admiration for India, during a speech at a charity gala in Mumbai attended by Bollywood film stars.
He praised “an India whose traditions, culture and civilisation go back thousands of years, and yet co-exist with an India that is young, creative, entrepreneurial”.
Earlier, at the same venue – the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel – the couple spoke to survivors of the 2008 terror attacks in the city.
The seven-day tour will also see them travel to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.