Kate and Prince William prepared for their first official India trip -- 24 years after William's late mother, Princess Diana, visited the country -- by hosting guests from India and Bhutan at Kensington Palace.
"[Prince William] feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother's memory is kept alive by so many who travel there," the couple's communications secretary Jason Knauf said in a statement. "[Twenty-four] years on from her visit to the Taj, the duke and the duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of this tour."
The royals' landmark trip will feature a visit to Dubai, where the royals will celebrate Bollywood entertainment culture, as well as tour the more down-trodden areas of the city.
The following day, the couple will attend a garden party in honor of Queen Elizabeth's upcoming 90th birthday, where William will "pay tribute to his grandmother with a speech to the invited guests," Buckingham Palace revealed in a press briefing.
From there, the couple’s travels will take them from Kaziranga National Park to Bhutan -- where the king and queen recently welcomed a newborn son -- and finally the Taj Mahal, where William will follow in his mother's footsteps after Lady Di's iconic visit to the palace in 1992.