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Wills and Kate pay tribute to hotel terror victims in Mumbai visit

By Tony Jones

Published 11/04/2016

The Duchess of Cambridge, watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, plays a game of cricket with children at The Oval Maidan in Mumbai
The Duchess of Cambridge, watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, plays a game of cricket with children at The Oval Maidan in Mumbai
The Duchess shows her footballing skills to children from the Magic Bus, ChildLine and Doorstep charities
The Duke and Duchess share a joke during a visit to the Banganga water tank, where they met representatives of the Smile children’s charity
The royal couple arrive for a Bollywood-inspired charity gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have heard first-hand about the horrors of the Mumbai terror attacks, as Kate wowed India with an outfit that embraced both Britain and Asia.

William and Kate began their tour of India by having garlands placed around their necks as they arrived at Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - where 31 staff and guests were killed in the 2008 assault.

Dubbed 'WillKat' by the Indian media, William wore a smart suit while the Duchess looked stunning in a red paisley-themed outfit by Alexander McQueen that blended Indian colour with British couture.

It had a skirt split at the front over a black underskirt - a feature borrowed heavily from Asian tradition.

She later donned a floaty print dress by Anita Dongre as her second outfit of the day as the couple paid a visit to the Oval Maidan in Mumbai.

The inaugural engagement of their first visit to India began in sombre mood when they laid a wreath at a memorial in the hotel to those who died on the premises.

The Duke and Duchess placed a floral tribute of white lilies between 31 burning candles, with the message: 'In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. William, Catherine.'

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