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British Asian Trust, Taj partner to raise funds for charity….reports Asian Lite News

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

Hotel chain Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has partnered with the British Asian Trust to raise funds and create awareness for disadvantaged communities here and across India.

The Taj Mahal Palace is the venue for a charity reception that will be hosted by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, making their maiden visit to India on Sunday.

The reception will see the crème de la crème of film, sport and business society come together at the hotel for a glittering evening with the royal couple to raise funds for organisations including Childline India, Magic Bus and Door Step School, India.

“We share a common ethos with the British Asian Trust in envisioning a better tomorrow and are glad to support Their Royal Highnesses in their commitment to raising funds for making a difference to the community. Our sincere thanks to all friends, patrons, partners and ambassadors who are helping to support and raise awareness to positively impact our society,” Rakesh Sarna, managing director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Ltd., said in a statement.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

The entertainment has been arranged to provide a true Indian flavour for the British Royal couple on their first visit to India and includes a dance performance and a fashion show.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. They the memorial at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai. They laid a wreath at the memorial and also spoke to the hotel staff who were present when the iconic hotel was attacked in November 2008.

The hotel overlooks the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911.

The royal couple arrived in Mumbai on a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, aimed at building up strong bonds with the two countries. They later headed to the Oval Maidan to watch and take part in a cricket match between beneficiaries and representatives of three charities based in Mumbai – Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline.

The Royal Couple will go to Delhi on Monday and begin their tour there by paying respects to India’s military contributions and honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.