This portion of the tour is very much focused on the role of conservation in the lives of the rural people in the area. Kensington Palace said "more than many other famous national parks in the world, you get a real sense of how closely linked linked people are to the animals that live there".
This evening, however, was all about meeting the locals and it couldn't have come at a better time. William and Kate's visit coincides with the Bohag Bihu festival, the celebration of the Assamese New Year. A campfire provided the setting for William and Kate to meet locals. They watched dance and musical performances. It was a vibrant and colourful evening and a fantastic opportunity for the royal couple to immerse themselves in local culture.
The festival historically signifies the time of harvest. It unites the population of Assam regardless of religion or background, and promotes the celebration of diversity. Groups of boys and girls beat drums and perform their traditional dance. Bihu fairs are organised to perform Bihu songs, theatrical performances and dance. The festival lasts for several days.
William and Kate were particularly impressed by one little boy.
More from People:
"Among the drummers was a 3-year-old boy who was waving to the beat alongside his dad – a sweet moment that prompted smiles from the royal parents. "They were so happy to see him," Ranjinee Bhukan of the British deputy high commission told PEOPLE. "They were really watching him. I'm sure they were remembering their little one" – 2-year-old Prince George, who is back home in England with his sister, nearly 1-year-old Princess Charlotte.
At the end of the performance, William and Kate sought out the boy, with William offering praise: "You were very energetic!"
How does a three-year-old respond to meeting a Duchess? By standing on her shoes of course :) This is such an adorable shot!
William and Kate were clearly taken with the little boy. I expect he reminds them of a certain little prince back in England :)
After the performance, the royals met dancers.
The Duke and Duchess posed for photos with performers.
Kate has well and truly stepped out of her comfort zone in terms of style during this trip and tonight was no exception. The Duchess looked fantastic in the Anna Sui Printed Crinkled Silk-Chiffon and Twill Maxi Dress. The beautiful blue and green printed dress is trimmed with embroidery for soft structure. The dress retails for $820 at Net-A-Porter.
More from the product description:
'Anna Sui's Fall '15 collection pays tribute to mid-century Scandinavian style. This runway maxi dress is printed with floral and animal motifs reminiscent of folkloric tapestries.'
A look at the dress on the runway. As mentioned above it's from the designer's Fall 2015 Collection.
Anna Sui is a new designer for the Duchess. The American fashion designer launched her label in 1991 and has expanded globally in the years since and now runs successful fashion, fragrance and cosmetics lines. Known for her whimsical and feminine designs, Anna draws inspiration from a mixture of areas. "When I'm interested in something, I want to know everything about it," she says of her design process, which is inspired by everything from Victorian cowboys and Warhol superstars to Finnish textiles.
Below, three other maxi dresses from the designer: the Crocheted Paneled Embroidered Tulle Maxi Dress, the Garden of Eden Maxi Dress and the Printed Fil Coupé Crepe Maxi Dress.
Kate teamed the dress with her Pied A Terre Imperia wedges. The wedges have been renamed Karley and are available in several colours at Dune London for £60.
The amazing Anna recognised Kate's earrings as a pair she first wore in 2006.
A closer look at the chandelier earrings.
Which of Kate's three looks today do you prefer? The Glamorous Maxi Dress, the Temperley London Desdemona or the Anna Sui Maxi Dress?
- The Duke and Duchess met vulnerable young people and a very worthy organisation in Delhi this morning. The post is here.
- The couple had lunch with Prime Minister Modi, met women's rights advocates and travelled to Assam. Read the post here.
- An early morning open-air drive around the national park starts the day.
- Meet rangers and tour the area and meet locals in a village.
- In the afternoon, they will visit the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.
- After visiting CWRC, the Duke and Duchess will travel across the road to the Kaziranga Discovery Centre.
A fantastic day all round, wouldn't you agree? :)