The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their seven day visit to India and Bhutan in Mumbai yesterday on Sunday 10th April, with a glittering charity reception and dinner hosted by The British High Commission and The British Asian Trust.
The event was attended by over 200 of India’s top film, sport and business figures including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir
Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
As well as providing a warm welcome to Their Royal Highnesses on their first evening in India, the reception raised money for three organisations doing remarkable work with vulnerable children in Mumbai and across India: Childline India, Magic Bus and Door Step School India.
British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, said:
“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate India’s notable contribution to cinema and to meet some of Mumbai’s most influential people in film, sport and business.
“The Duke and Duchess take a particular interest in initiatives that promote the welfare of disadvantaged children, helping them access education and health services. They are pleased that the funds raised at this event for these important organisations will create a small legacy of their visit to India.”
The partner organisation for the event the British Asian Trust, of which HRH The Prince of Wales is founder and President of, supports grassroots initiatives that enables disadvantaged people to help themselves and transform their lives.
William and Kate will remain in India and Bhutan until 16th April, paying respect to the historical relationship between Britain and India, and highlighting India as it is today and will be throughout the 21st century – a vibrant, entrepreneurial, aspirational nation that faces both its challenges and huge opportunities with confidence.
They will visit several locations including New Dehli, Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Thimpu, Paro Taktsang, and the Taj Mahal.