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William and Kate Wish Comes True as Visit to India Begins

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Prince William and Kate  Middleton take part in football games during a visit to the Banganga Water tank in Mumbai, India. (Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 Apr 2016 11:42 AM

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, capped off their first full day of a week-long visit to India as guests of honor at a charity gala Sunday.

"When Catherine and I were married, India was the first place on Catherine's list that she told me that she wanted to visit," William told the guests, who included 200 of India’s biggest film, fashion and sports stars, according to ABC News. "Two children and five years later, we have finally made it – and we are both honored to be here."

"It seems fitting that Catherine and I start our journey from here, a short distance from the place marked by the famous Gateway of India, where so many people, including my great-great-grandfather, have arrived."

The event benefited Childline India, Magic Bus and Door Step School, organizations dedicated to vulnerable children.

The couple also had an impromptu informal meeting with Boman Kohinoor, the 93-year-old owner of Britannia & Co. café in Mumbai. The meeting was brought about after a social media campaign sparked by an article about the café in Conde Nast Traveller, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Kohinoor describes himself as a fan of the royal family. His café is decorated with royal memorabilia, and he was eager to meet a member of the royal family, the Journal reported.

The tour is the couple’s first official visit to India. On Sunday, the royal couple played cricket with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar; visited the ancient Banganga Tank, a significant Hindu site; and met and played football with impoverished children in Mumbai, Newsweek reported.

The couple also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Delhi, in what The Daily Mail described as “the most solemn and poignant moment of the Royal tour so far.”

On Monday, the royal couple paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi during a ceremony in which they scattered rose petals at the place where he was assassinated in 1948. They also were given a private tour of the Gandhi Smriti, or “Gandhi memory,” museum.

''They told me they were surprised by his simple living, that such a man had such a simple life,” museum director Dipanker Shri Gyan told The Daily Mail.

Other stops on the tour include Kaziranga National Park, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, CNN reported.

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