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Will And Kate Are Headed To India

02/26/2016 11:32 EST | Updated 02/26/2016 11:59 EST

Prince William and Kate Middleton have added another stop to their spring tour of 2016.

Kensington Palace announced on Friday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed to India, in addition to Bhutan this April.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit #India and #Bhutan this spring between the 10th - 16th April. "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan. Their visit to India will be an introduction to a country that they plan to build an enduring relationship with. They will pay tribute to India's proud history, but also are keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of young Indian people and the major role they will play in shaping the 21st century. Their visit to Bhutan will allow them to continue a relationship between two Royal Families by meeting The King and Queen. The Duke and Duchess have heard many wonderful things about the country and are grateful to have this opportunity to get to know the Bhutanese people. This tour, coming shortly before The Queen's 90th birthday, will also allow The Duke and Duchess to pay tribute to Her Majesty's huge contribution to diplomacy in Britain and the Commonwealth." Image © Press Association

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According to People Magazine, the couple will begin their tour in Mumbai on April 10 before moving on to New Delhi and Kaziranga. After that, the royals will head to Thimphu in Bhutan for two days where they will meet with King Jigme and Queen Jetsun who are considered the "William and Kate of the Himalayas." Follow their stay in Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess will visit the Taj Mahal on April 16 before returning home.

The Taj Mahal is considered a symbol of love, as it was constructed by emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. Upon his death, Jahan was buried next to Mahal.

But its most recent connection to the British royals stems from 24 years ago, when Prince William's mother, the late Princess of Wales, took a similar trip and posed solo in front of it. A few months later, the Princess and Prince Charles announced their separation.

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And Will and Kate aren't the only royals following in the late Princess' steps. Prince Harry is also following in his mother's footsteps by visiting Nepal for the first time.

The prince hopes to learn more about Nepali culture during his trip in March and is said to be meeting with individuals affected by the 2015 Nepal earthquakes to assist and learn about recovery efforts and disaster preparedness.


All three royals are taking their trips in advance of the Queen's monumental 90th birthday, which is expected to be a huge celebration in Britain and the Commonwealth.

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