Bollywood Royalty Greet William and Kate at Charity Event
The Dutchess of Cambridge wowed Indian fashionistas with outfits that mixed looks from British and Indian designers.
On their first India visit, Prince William and Kate Middleton, officially known as the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, attended a star-studded fund-raiser in Mumbai Sunday night along with some of Bollywood's top luminaries and leading business personalities.
Local media coverage largely revolved around the red carpet arrivals, which saw A-listers such as actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra, along with actors Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) and leading filmmaker Karan Johar.
Later, some stars took to Twitter to share their experiences of the evening. Khan hailed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as being “gracious & full of poise.” Referring to the victory of his cricket team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, who won a match the same evening in the ongoing Indian Premier League season, the actor also added: “Tonite as I said is the nite of the King the Queen & the Knights. Wish all nites were same.”
The Royal couple was so gracious & full of poise. Tonite as I said is the nite of the King the Queen & the Knights. Wish all nites were same— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 10, 2016
Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene, also the host of the Indian version of So You Think You Can Dance, said she found the royals "down to earth."
It was a pleasure meeting their highnesses, William and Kate. Very gracious and down to earth. pic.twitter.com/VI3qaqwQAd— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) April 10, 2016
A sampling of the evening's entertainment was seen in a brief video posted on the official Twitter handle of Kensington Palace, which showed a live dance performance set to Bollywood music.
“It has been a wonderful and colourful evening,” William said in his speech concluding the event, quoted in local reports. “It has been a real treat to be welcomed to India in this way.... When Catherine and I got married, India was the first place on her list which she told me she wanted to visit. Two children and five years later we finally made it, and we are quite honored to be here.”
The event took place at the city's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and was hosted by the British High Commission in partnership with the British Asian Trust, founded by William's father, Prince Charles. It raised funds for three charities. Earlier in the day, the couple laid a wreath at a memorial site at the hotel, which was the scene of the November 2008 terrorist attacks that left 166 dead and wounded more than 300 people.
Kate's multiple outfits on the first day of her Indian visit were a hit among fashion observers. She was first seen in an Alexander McQueen ensemble featuring India-inspired paisley prints. Indian designer Rahul Mishra praised the outfit for its “strong heritage vibe.”
For her second public engagement, a charity cricket match in the company of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, Kate wore a printed tunic dress by Indian designer Anita Dongre. She was next seen in a sparkling, hand-embroidered dress by British designer Jenny Packham for the Bollywood evening.
The royals arrived in the Indian capital of New Delhi Monday to attend a party hosted at the residence of the British High Commissioner to mark the 90th birthday of William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's actual birthday is April 21, but celebrations of her majesty's Nonagintennial will be held throughout April, May and June.
The royals are on a seven-day tour of India and neighboring Bhutan. They will round off their itinerary with a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal monument in Agra in central India on April 16.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 10, 2016
It was a pleasure meeting their highnesses, William and Kate. Very gracious and down to earth. pic.twitter.com/VI3qaqwQAd