Prince William and Kate mingle with Bollywood royalty at glitzy gala

Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton found themselves among Bollywood's most famous faces on Sunday evening (Apr. 10) as the stars serenaded the royal couple. On the first night of their royal tour of India, the duke and duchess attended a glitzy reception and dinner held in their honour in Mumbai.

All eyes were on the couple as they walked the red carpet at the Taj Palace Hotel, where they are staying.

Kate pulled out all the stops, wearing a sapphire-blue Indian-inspired bespoke gown designed by one of her favourite British brands, Jenny Packham. The beading of her dress was done in India.


William and Kate made a stunning couple at the Bollywood gala evening.

The duchess, who wore earrings by Indian jeweller Amrapali, swept her trademark locks into an elegant chignon, while her husband William was his dapper self in a black tuxedo.

The royals had a chance to mix with some well-known names from Bollywood including actresses Aishwarya Rai and Parineeti Chopra, as well as figures from Mumbai's thriving business world.

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Kate, who has never visited India before, looked particularly charmed by Shah Rukh Khan, who is hailed as the 'King of Bollywood' or 'King Khan' among his fans. The pair were pictured chatting and sharing a few jokes before they sat down for a Thali-style supper.

The Duchess wore a bespoke Jenny Packham gown.

The Duchess was also seated next to Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India.

During the evening William, 33, and Kate, 34, were treated to some very colourful dance and musical performances.

The event celebrated Mumbai's film and creative industries and was hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with The British Asian Trust, of which Prince Charles is founder and President.

The pair was treated to musical and dance performances.

The lavish event raised money for three charities that the Duke and Duchess had met earlier in the day – Magic Bus, Doorstep and Childline. William and Kate met representatives from each organisation during a visit to Oval Maidan, where they also took part in a game of cricket.

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Their first engagement of the day was a more solemn affair, as the couple paid tribute to victims of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. William and Kate viewed a memorial at the hotel they are staying in, the Taj Palace Hotel, which was targeted in the attacks.

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