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Ties, tuxedos and towering high heels on show for Royal India visit

Dubbed the ‘Royal Couple of the Orient’, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s week-long tour of India has been the ‘talk of the town …well every town really.

Some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry turned out to greet the royal guests. Film actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar were amongst the many famous stars welcoming the Duke and Duchess to India. The VIP event was attended by over 200 of India's top personalities.

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REGAL: Prince William and Kate Middleton, who wore a gown by Jenny Packham and Amrapali jewels

Mumbai's prestigious Taj Palace Hotel played host and a lavish setting for the ultimate Bollywood party held in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 10th April.

And while it was a night of wall-to wall glamour, the evening's event hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with the British Asian Trust, the VIP event (allegedly £10,000 per head), had an important objective to raise money for vulnerable children.

Kate looked every inch a true Bollywood princess as she dazzled the evening wearing a beaded colbat blue Jenny Packham gown finished off with an ornate silver-beaded chiffon scarf. The outfit was matched with drop earrings, from luxury Indian jewellers Amrapali. 

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QUEUED UP: (l-r) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Dr Nene, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor line up to greet His Royal Highness Prince William at the Royal Charity Ball in the Taj Hotel, Mumbai

The couple mingled with India's most celebrated personalities from the worlds of film, sport and commerce, but Bollywood dominated the event with actors and actresses such as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Anil Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and director/producer Karan Johar just to name a few.

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COUPLE: Madhuri Dixit Nene and husband

Reported by the Daily Mail, Madhuri Dixit described her meeting with Kate and William. She said: "We talked about Indian movies and how they're getting popular everywhere.

"The Duke admitted he hadn't watched any Bollywood movies but he represents the British film industry and was interested in collaboration.

"The Duchess said she loves being here and the people are very welcoming this time, but she was worried she may miss her children," Madhuri revealed.

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ELITE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed to India by Bollywood celebrities and prominent businesspeople

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DUBIOUS: Kate revealed her fondness for Indian food but William was unsure about the local cuisine

 

Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan, 50, and Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute, had the pleasure of Kate sitting between them, while Will was happily flanked by Aishwarya Rai and Mrs Rachnee Sarna (wife of Rakesh Sarna CEO Taj Hotel).

A 'Maharaja's Thali' with both vegetarian and meat options was presented in regal style.

The moth-watering selection included a mushroom and pea curry, vegetable kebabs, spinach and corn curry, paneer, cauliflower rice, red lentil dahl and traditional mithai  - such as gulab jamun, kesari rasmalai and paan kulfi.

The night was set alight with Bollywood-style entertainment, with music and dance performances from the Shiamak Davar dance company.

The reception also 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.

 

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STUNNING: Jacqueline Fernandez in an embroidered gown by Manish Malhotra

 

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.”

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The partner organisation for the event was 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.

Manoj Badale, Chairman, The British Asian Trust said: “It was a series of visits made by HRH The Prince of Wales to South Asia in 2005 and 2006 that inspired the launch of The British Asian Trust and as we approach the tenth year since our launch, it is an honour to share our work with TRH The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge, who have shown such a great interest in supporting the vulnerable children of India.”

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TWO AMIGOS: Shah Rukh Khan in a white tuxedo for the Royal dinner with best buddy producer and director Karan Johar

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ICONIC: Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWEET: Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra

 

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GORGEOUS: Shilpa Shetty looked elegant in a pink Monisha Jaising sari teamed with a mirrored blouse and jewellery by Farah Khan, with husband Raj  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAPPY: Sonam Kapoor in Elie Saab World, with Arjan Kapoor and her father Anil Kapoor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bollywood graces Downing Street

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Our very own global Bollywood queen, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, popped in at a Number 10 Downing Street reception last week, showing her dedication to support an international children’s cause.

Aishwarya, the goodwill ambassador for the worldwide organisation ‘Smile Train’, which helps children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate concerns, says she is firmly committed to lending her name to the charity.

DEDICATED: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is dedicated to showing her commitment to the children’s charity and attended a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron at Downing Street

DEDICATED: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is dedicated to showing her commitment to the children’s charity and attended a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron at Downing Street

For the last 15 years, Smile Train has focused on providing the millions of children around the world born with clefts the same opportunities as a child born without a cleft by providing 100 per cent free cleft lip and palate repair surgeries

Their collective aim for the charity is to continue training and funding doctors in over 85 countries across the world to bring new smiles and hope for the future for children with such cleft conditions.

The reception hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife - Samantha Cameron was in recognition of the charity’s milestone one millionth surgery.

Speaking at this very important juncture of completing one million cleft surgeries, Aishwarya said: “There are so many of us who lead such blessed lives.

“I truly believe it's time to share our blessings.

“Working with Smile Train, if I can make a difference in families' lives, it will certainly make me feel honoured and blessed.

“There are a lot of children with clefts around the world who so desperately need help, but can’t receive timely care because their families cannot afford this surgery or are ill-educated about this condition. It's time we smiled together in our lifetime - healthy and happy!”
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Also present at the reception was Smile Train’s CEO, Susannah Schaefer. She commented: “The work Smile Train does is dependent on donations through corporate partners, fundraisers, independent donors and sponsors, and we are privileged to have some of the people who have supported Smile Train over the years with us today.

“Although we have helped more than one million children, there are still millions more with unrepaired clefts in the developing world who need our help.

“It is Smile Train’s mission to provide each one of these children with free cleft repair surgery and related treatment so every child can experience the true power of a smile.”

Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking.

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Overwhelmed to be on world’s most desirable list

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An American website has announced that Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan has been voted as the 4th “Most Desirable Woman in the World”. Deepika Padukone came in at number 29, out of a total of 30 women.

The survey was based on how people scored female celebrities based on: intelligence, desirability, popularity, attractiveness, beauty and success. The poll drew in some four million people to partake.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya commented: “The results of this poll was brought to my notice in fact by my well-wishers.

“I must admit its overwhelming to hear that over four million people across the globe have voted and listed me amongst their top choices with such beautiful and talented women.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

“I say a huge loving thank you to all my well-wishers (fans) for making me smile and always being there for me… more power to our love,” she added.

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Monica-Bellucci

While Aishwarya has been off the silver screen, Deepika has been a busy girl – she delivered four back-to-back hits last year.

1. Monica Bellucci
2. Kate Upton
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
5. Irina Shayk
6. Meryem Uzerli
7. Charlize Theron
8. Amber Heard
9. Rihanna
10. Scarlet Johansson
11. Megan Fox
12. Adriana Lima
13. Halle Berry
14. Eva Mendes
15. Miranda Kerr
16. Katy Perry
17. Amanda Seyfried
18. Olivia Wilde
19. Mila Kunis
20. Kristen Stewart
21. Kim Kardashian
22. Jennifer Lawrence
23. Taylor Swift
24. Haifa Wehbe
25. Beyonce
26. Candice Swanepoel
27. Jessica Alba
28. Anne Hathaway
29. Deepika Padukone
30. Fan Bingbing

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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