29 Must-See Photos from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Tour of Bhutan and India
Kate Middleton and Prince William looked to be having the time of their lives on their first-ever trip to India and Bhutan. From feeding baby rhinos and elephants to playing a game of cricket and participating in traditional dances to paying their respects to Mahatma Gandhi, the royal couple took in every aspect of the cultures—and looked ever-so graceful while doing so.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seemingly fell in love with the colorful countries, we fell deeper in love with each new photograph from their trip. From their hearty laughs to their sweet, shared gazes, this royal couple’s energy is infectious.
Click through to see the most memorable moments from their incredible trip.
At a gala at the Taj Palace Hotel
The duke and duchess met with Bollywood stars at a gala and reception on their first day in India.
On an open-air bus
Royals, they're just like us! The couple rode on an open-air bus on their way to the Oval Maidan ground for a children's cricket match.
Middleton showed off an impressive swing when she stepped in during a children's cricket match—in a dress and heels, no less!
In the Banganga community
Prince William and his gorgeous wife shared a laugh during their visit to the Banganga community.
At the Banganga Water Tank
The royal couple were given a traditional welcome at the water tank and floated boats made of leaves while wearing floral leis around their necks.
At the Taj Hotel
In a solemn moment, the duke and duchess laid a wreath at the scene of the Mumbai terror attacks.
At an early celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday
Middleton helped her husband cut into a British flag-themed cake in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. The duchess looked stunning in black and white Temperley London separates.
At Gandhi Smriti
The royal couple paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi on the second day of their trip. Middleton dazzled in an all-white dress for the momentous occasion.
At a local charity
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given bindis at a contact center run by the charity Salaam Baalak, which provides emergency help and long-term support to homeless children.
With children at a New Delhi support center
Middleton sat cross-legged in a printed red dress to color with children at the event.
At the Indian Prime Minister's New Delhi residence
The duchess signed a book at the prime minister's residence while the prince conversed with the leader. Middleton looked radiant in a teal dress for the third day of their visit.
Watching a traditional dance
The royals had huge grins as they watched a little boy dance during a Bihu Festival Celebration. The duchess's printed dress was perfect for the fun occasion.
Feeding baby rhinos and elephants
The couple couldn't look happier while feeding baby animals on the fourth day of their trip.
Up close with a baby rhino
Middleton couldn't get enough of the adorable animals, squatting to feed a baby while wearing a pink printed Topshop dress.
Painting an ornamental elephant
The royals laughed as they painted a decoration on an elephant parade statue on their visit to the Mark Shand Foundation in Kaziranga National Park.
On a visit to Panbari village
The royal couple closely watched as a local woman hand-loomed cloth in Panbari village in Kaziranga.
On safari in Kaziranga National Park
The duke and duchess sport matching shades as they ride in an open-air Jeep on safari on the last day of their India trip.
Landing at Paro International Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Bhutan and were greeted at the airport by the king and queen.
Arriving to a ceremonial welcome in Bhutan
The duke and duchess attended a ceremonial welcome and reception on their first day in Bhutan in the city of Thimphu.
With the King and Queen of Bhutan
The royal couple met with the country's king and queen, and posed for photos in front of a colorful backdrop.
At the Changlimithang National Archery Ground
Middleton tried her hand at archery—in heels, no less.
Shooting a bow and arrow
Next up, was Prince William's turn and he looked completely serious as he drew back the arrow.
En route to dinner with the royal family
Middleton waved from the car in a colorful dress as the couple left their hotel for dinner with the royals.
Hiking to the Tiger's Nest Monastery
The couple embarked on a three-hour hike to the Tiger's Nest monastery in coordinating earth-toned looks.
Taking in the View
The duke and duchess took a break to take in the view on their 10,000-foot hike.
Greeting Bhutanese Men
The duchess shook hands with locals in a fiery red dress at a reception celebrating U.K. and Bhutanese friendship.
At the Paro Airport
The royal couple was seen off in Paro, Bhutan as they boarded their flight to visit the Taj Mahal.
At the Taj Mahal
The duke and duchess pose in front of the historic building in color-coordinating navy and white looks.
Recreating Princess Diana's iconic photo
The couple remembered Princess Diana by posing on the same bench that Prince William's mother was photographed on 24 years earlier.