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Duke of Cambridge Prince William, along with his wife Kate Middleton attended a glittering reception alongside some of the biggest names in business and Bollywood on the first day of their visit to India on Sunday.

prince william with kate in India

The event was organised for raising funds for various NGOs.

At the gala event, Actor Shah Rukh Khan & Aishwarya Rai welcomed the duke and duchess.

Before begining with the event, Prince William expressed grief over the fire mishap at a temple in Kerala’s Kollam district, in which over a hundred people were killed.

“Before I begin, Catherine (Kate) and I would like to offer our condolences to all those affected by the terrible fire at the temple in Kollam. I know all of you in this room will join us in the sentiments,” William said at the Bollywood gala night at the iconic Taj Palace Hotel here.

The royal couple landed in Mumbai just hours before before Sunday noon on their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan.

They went straight to Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, where they were accorded a ceremonial welcome by the hotel general manager Taljinder Singh.

They are scheduled to leave for New Delhi on Monday afternoon. Their engagements include a lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

With Agency Inputs