The Duchess made a very stylish arrival.
The Cambridges joined hundreds of VIP's from the world of government and politics, and the garden party offered a chance to celebrate the links between Britain and India, and for all in attendance to toast the Queen ahead of her 90th birthday next week.
Rebecca English shared a photo of the British High Commissioner's residence.
Guests arriving for the evening.
Interesting quotes from the evening: Whilst chatting with guests, Kate was asked how she stays so trim. "I am running after my kids", she replied. Speaking to another guests about Diana the Duchess said "Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting her".
More from the Mail Online:
'Much of the small talk between the couple and some of the 2,000 guests – drawn from the worlds of politics, business and the armed forces and academia – was about how she and her husband were enjoying their whirlwind trip to India. Kate was also asked by party guest Prof Bulbul Dhar-James the secret to looking so trim. 'We said "how do you lose all the weight after having two kids?" And she said "I am running after my kids",' revealed Prof Dhar-James. The academic, who teaches political science at Jamia Mellia Islamia university, asked her how she kept cheery through all the engagements. 'I asked her "aren't you tired of smiling?" And she said "I'm just reciprocating. Everyone is so warm". 'They were both really gracious. She was so welcoming and warm. We told her "You look much better in person than in your photographs".'
Deepa Thomas Sutcliffe, 40, VP and Head of Communications Nissan and married to Paul Sutcliffe from British High Commission, who has just relocated from Mumbai, was one of the first the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to tonight. 'I told the Duchess I have been a huge Royal fan my whole life and I adored Princess Diana. I was five years old when she married,' she said. 'She said "unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting her". 'We also talked about Mumbai and she said "Mumbai is fantastic. We had a lovely time and got to sample lots of things, even a bit of cricket."
'It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am star struck actually. I never thought I'd get to speak to her. I think the royal couple are gorgeous, down to earth and very modern. 'The older royals are very stiff upper lip but the Duke and Duchess are willing to talk to anybody. I think they are a big hit so far. India is very heavily influenced by the British and there is a huge respect for the British Royal family.'
No doubt it is always an honour for William and Kate to represent Her Majesty abroad. This year is particularly special with her landmark 90th birthday approaching. Kensington Palace elaborated: "This tour to India and Bhutan occurs in the week before the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Duke and Duchess are honoured to be carrying out this visit on Her Majesty’s behalf as so many around the world prepare to celebrate this happy milestone. The Duke and Duchess will seek to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s service and on-going work as one of the world’s longest-serving heads of state who has made an enormous contribution to the diplomatic success of the United Kingdom."
The Duke and Duchess cut the birthday cake. The couple used a sword to cut the first slice.
Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother in a lovely speech:
"I am incredibly lucky to have my grandmother in my life. As she turns 90, she is a remarkably energetic and dedicated guiding force for her family. And I am so glad that my children are having the chance to get to know The Queen. George and Charlotte. too, will discover how lucky they are to have such a wonderful great-grandmother – a role model for the rest of their lives.
Now, it is important that everyone here tonight understands that I am here as The Queen’s representative. She may be my grandmother but she is also very much the boss! And with that in mind she has given me a message that I am privileged to read out to you all tonight. From HM the Queen: "Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all you attending this special Garden Party.
I am delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been able to join you this afternoon during their visit to your country. I have fond memories of our previous visits to India. This event today is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring friendship between our two countries, our shared culture and the business opportunities we can create together. It is with great pleasure that I entrust another generation of my family to strengthen and renew our bonds. Elizabeth R."
William ended his speech saying "Now I can report back to Granny that I have done my duty! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining with us to wish The Queen a very happy. birthday. Bahot dhanyavaad."
The Duke and Duchess raised a glass.
Again, Kate very much surprised us with her sartorial selections for the event.
The Duchess looked stunning in the Temperley London Delphia Embroidered Crop Top and Embroidered Silk-Organza Maxi Skirt from the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. I absolutely love this look on Kate; it's the perfect mix of effortless and sophisticated, and still quite a youthful look. It was a fantastic choice - my favourite tour look thus far.
Indeed, there's another very specific reason the ensemble would have caught Kate's attention. The Delphia pieces carry the season's theme of global curiosities with opulent embroidered motifs of Indian Chintz and lattice.
With a contemporary cut including sheer shoulders and a short sleeve, the £995 top cuts elegantly at the natural waist.
The £1,995 Long Delphia Skirt is cut to a flattering ankle-length, the skirt drapes effortlessly in a contemporary a-line silhouette. Both pieces are currently available in most sizes at Temperley London and Net-A-Porter.
It appears Kate is wearing a new pair of black sandals.
The eagle-eyed Susan from What Kate Wore believes they may be the Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandals. From what we can see, I think she may be spot on.
Anna noted Kate's striking pair of earrings an old pair.
Both Kate and Pippa have been photographed wearing them over the past number of years. Most recently the Duchess wore them to the Buckingham Palace Christmas luncheon,
Kate completed the look with a black Prada clutch.
- Our post covering William and Kate's events in Mumbai and New Delhi is here.
- Begins with an engagement supporting vulnerable young people, and then a private meeting with NGO's.
- Lunch with Prime Minister Modi.
- The Cambridges will travel to Kaziranga National Park.
- The couple will meet locals and view dance performances.
And that's a wrap for day two!