British royal couple visits Mumbai
British royal couple visits Mumbai

British royal couple, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, began their extensive nine-day trip of the country by participating in the evening aarti ritual on the banks of the Ganges at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
Their royal itinerary included meetings with the president and vice-president of India, senior business leaders in Mumbai, and civic, business and cultural leaders in Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi.
After coming to Mumbai, The royal couple checked into the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and met the staff who were on duty during the dreadful 26/11 terrorist attack which had brought the entire city to a standstill. During their visit to Mumbai, the royal couple visited a mobile creche where they met parents, staff and the children of the crèche.
Prince Charles also paid a visit to the Haji Ali Shrine in Mumbai. He later met senior business leaders for a discussion on corporate social responsibility. Followed by a visit to the Godrej mangrove reserve where he visited a medicinal herb garden before touring the area in a boat.
The duchess visited the Asha Sadan (House of Hope) centre, which cares for mistreated children.
An aide said she had been particularly keen to visit the centre as it related to her work with victims of rape and sexual violence in the UK.
The Mumbai visit concluded with an event in support of the work of the British Asian Trust over dinner and Bollywood-style entertainment. The event was hosted by Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata. The couple attended the dinner in a bid to raise awareness about the British Asian Trust, founded by The Prince of Wales in 2007 to channel donations from UK Asian philanthropists to good causes in India.
Before leaving for Pune, the royal couple participated in a Remembrance Day function and attended service at the St. John the Evangelist Church and meet war veterans and Indian Defence Staff. This was their third official visit to India.
Prince Charles, also celebrated his 65th birthday on November 14, in the idyllic backwaters of Vembanad lake in Kumarakom with Camilla Parker Bowles. They were joined by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, and his family.

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