Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to stay at iconic Indian hotel
Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will stay in a hotel bombed by terrorists.
The royal couple will stay one night at the Taj Palace Hotel in India – which was the scene of a four-day devastating siege in November 2008 – to show “solidarity” for the 164 victims.
A spokesperson said: “The Taj was one of the scenes of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and is now an iconic symbol of the city’s resilience and strength. The stories of the bravery and dedication of the staff there are now known around the world.
“The Duke and Duchess are following in the footsteps of other world figures, including The Prince of Wales and The US President who have both used their stays at the hotel to display solidarity with the people of this great city.”
During their first day in India, the couple will meet up with representatives of three charities and watch a cricket match.
The spokesperson continued: “After this arrival, The Duke and Duchess will get a chance to say a big hello to Mumbai at one of the city’s most famous public spaces, Oval Maidan. This large public park is home to cricket pitches that boast great views of the city’s skyline and is a gathering place for local people.
“They will watch a young person’s cricket match and also meet representatives and beneficiaries of three charities here – Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline. They will meet and play with children who live in slums around the city. There may be a couple of surprises at this event as well.”