Soccer in the streets, cricket in a dress and heels then a night out on the town with Bollywood royalty: Kate's having a ball on India royal tour

By Kirstin Buick
11 April 2016

India was one of the first places the new Duchess of Cambridge wanted to visit in her new role, newlywed Kate told Prince William soon after their 2011 wedding.

“Two children and five years later, we have finally made it," Prince William revealed at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai. "And we are both honoured to be here.” The duke was addressing the glamorous crowd at a gala thrown by The British High Commission and Prince Charles' charity the British Asian Trust, in honour of the Cambridges' seven-day visit to India and Butan.

Kate (34) looked perfectly at home alongside India's elite in an exquisite beaded cobalt blue gown by Jenny Packham with a matching cape draped over her slim shoulders and bold blue drop earrings from luxury Indian jewellers Amrapali sparkling on her ears. William (33) was dashing by her side in a classic black tuxedo.
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and beautiful Aishwarya Rai were some of the big names in attendance at the star-studded event. More than 200 of India's top film, sport and business figures stepped out to welcome the royal couple to their country.
Kate and William, dubbed "WillKat" by local media, touched down in India On Saturday for their tour of the country. Soon after their arrival, Prince George (2) and Princess Charlotte's (11 months) parents met cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for a game at Mumbai's iconic Oval Maidan recreation ground. In a pretty patterned summer dress, Kate showed off her batting skills on the pitch, laughing good-naturedly when she was caught out by Tendulkar. "She batted, she fielded, she did everything!" a clearly impressed Tendulkar said of Kate.

The next stop for the sporty couple was a tour of the local slums where they kicked around a football in the dusty sheet -- even though Kate was wearing heels! Hundreds of residents poured out of their make-shift houses to meet Kate and Will. According to MailOnline, the slum-dwellers said they had never been visited by their own country's politicians or celebrities. The couple also took time out to lay a wreath of white lilies at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where they are staying, in memory of the 31 people killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The duke and duchess have a jam-packed schedule for their tour -- watch this space for updates!

Sources: Kensington Palace, MailOnline, The Mirror

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