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William speaks of grief over fatal Hindu temple fire

Published 11/04/2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge place flower petals in the water of the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge place flower petals in the water of the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai

The Duke of Cambridge has expressed his grief over the Hindu temple fire in south India in which more than 100 people were killed.

William was speaking during a gala ball at Mumbai's Taj Palace Hotel, after he and his wife, Kate, arrived for a week-long visit to the region.

Press Trust of India quoted William as saying to the guests: "Catherine and I would like to offer our condolences to all those affected by the terrible fire at the temple in Kollam. I know all of you in this room will join us in the sentiments."

The blaze, started by a fireworks display, engulfed the Puttingal temple complex early on Sunday. More than 100 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured.

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