Royals heading to India: Inaugural visit announced during Modi’s UK visit
Britain’s most famous couple are set to head out on an Asian adventure next year as Prince William and his wife Kate embark on a trip to India at the request of the nation’s government.
Announced via Twitter earlier this week, Kensington Palace wrote: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit #India in the spring of 2016, at the request of HM's Government.
“It will be the first time The Duke and Duchess have visited the country. Further #RoyalVisitIndia details will be announced early next year.”
The announcement was made whilst Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the UK on a three-day visit and came after a meeting for lunch at Buckingham Palace with HRH The Queen.
It will be the Royal Couple’s first official overseas tour together since the three-day tour of New York in December 2014 and is to include a broad range of engagements according to media reports.
Following in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales, who travelled to India in 1992, William and Kate will represent the British monarchy in the Commonwealth nation.
Although William has never visited India before, his father Prince Charles has frequented the nation, carrying out eight official royal tours with the most recent being a nine-day tour of Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi in November 2013.
Meanwhile other British royals to tour the region include Sophie Wessex, Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II, who last travelled to India in 1997.
It is understood the royal couple’s children, George and Charlotte, will stay at home during the trip as it would prove too gruelling for their age.