The Duchess of Cambridge once again showed off her sporty side on the first day of her official tour in India and Bhutan. Kicking off her second engagement with a round of cricket, Kate and her husband Prince William looked surprisingly refreshed despite their non-hour flight as they spent time with children from Mumbai slums at the famed Oval Maidan cricket ground.
Upon arrival, the royal couple were welcomed with bouquets of flowers, though Prince William looked more excited after being gifted a cricket bat. William stayed cool in the Mumbai heat in a white shirt and trousers, while Kate had changed from the beautiful, bespoke Alexander McQueen dress in which she arrived in India to a floaty pink-and-green maxi dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre, along with a pair of wedges.
Kate hilariously ran around cones while playing games with the children before the couple revealed their cricket skills as they played a match with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. While William was caught out by one of the children during the match, Kate managed to bat the first ball bowled by Sachin before she was also caught out on the next ball.
The couple, who arrived at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel around midday local time, had spent the early part of their morning paying tribute to those who died in the 2008 terror attacks. After laying a wreath on the hotel's memorial, the pair spoke to survivors of the attack that day, and praised them for their bravery.
Prince William and Kate also enjoyed a private lunch made by the Taj Mahal Palace chef, Raghu Deora. Reghu revealed that they preferred vegetarian food, saying: "It is all vegetarian because I was told that was what they preferred."
The royal couple still have a packed day ahead of them, and they will be visiting the Banganga Water Tank to meet SMILE, an organisation supporting local enterprise before closing their first day in Mumbai with a spectacular Bollywood gala.