WATCH: Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Cut Queen's Birthday Cake With Sword

11/04/2016 11:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, who are on their first visit to India, cut the Queen’s birthday cake with a sword at the British High Commission in Delhi on Monday.

The royal couple had arrived in Mumbai yesterday. They played cricket with Sachin Tendulkar in a Mumbai park on Sunday, before proceeding to Delhi, where they visited the India Gate and laid a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I.

They also visited Gandhi Smriti here and and paid tribute to the father of the nation.

"She might be the grandmother but she is the boss," Duke of Cambridge Prince William described Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, while giving little insight into the Royal family.

Accompanied by his wife Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Prince William said he was "incredibly impressed" how the country was on the move where "dynamism" was "matched" with warmth and welcome.

The Duchess, wearing a brown dress with black embroidery, mostly faced queries about her experience in playing a cricket match in Mumbai yesterday along with Tendulkar, one of the game's greats.

Speaking at a reception here, Prince William said his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were "lucky" to have her as their great grandmother and that she will remain a role model for them for life.

A message of the Queen was also read out at the reception in which she said she has wonderful memories of India and that today's event was reflective of the enduring friendship and shared culture between the two countries.

Prince William said he was happy to convey that another generation of the family continued to hold views similar to that of the Queen.

India's contribution to the Commonwealth is enormously important. He said the Queen is turning 90 shortly and it will not be wrong to say that the reception is a tribute to her.

The reception, hosted in honour of the Royal couple by British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith was attended by politicians, diplomats and socialites among others.

While Middleton replied to the questions by the guests, she mostly sought to know from them about their areas of interests.

Speaking on the occasion, the British High Commissioner offered condolence to families of those killed in the Kerala temple tragedy.

The politicians who attended the reception included Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Ministers Dinesh Trivedi, Farooq Abdullah and Pallam Raju.

(With PTI Inputs)

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