Hello and welcome to our Royal Tour 2016 Live Blog, we are so pleased you could join us! We'll be here sharing real-time updates, articles of interest, information from reporters on the ground, fashion and a plethora of other updates that may be of interest in the hours leading up to William and Kate's arrival in Mumbai. We expect them to arrival at roughly 11 a.m. (Mumbai time). Don't forget to hit refresh to see the latest updates. :)
07:50 The Duchess is reportedly wearing bespoke McQueen (with thanks to Call me Kate) and her Cassandra Goad earrings. With that, we'll conclude our Live Blog and be back with a new post shortly :)
07:45 Kate and William are given frangipani and rose garlands as they arrived at the Taj Mahal hotel
07:42 A lovely shot from our favourite photographer James Whatling.
07:40 William and Kate's assistant Natasha Archer is photographed arriving armed with luggage.
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07:35 A nice arrival video from Simon Perry. What do you think of Kate's look?
07:32 The Duke and Duchess arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Another photo from Richard Palmer.
07:26 Our first photo of William and Kate, thanks to Peter Hunt. Kate is wearing a gorgeous red printed ensemble with nude heels.
07:25 The red carpet awaits William and Kate at the Taj.
07:22 Fellow passenger Thomas Dawes shared a few details via Twitter (with thanks to WWKD).
07:20 Our lovely reader Rebecca reminded me to mention the 'Load More' button in the comments section. If comments exceed a certain number, it is necessary to click it to see the latest comments.
07:15 Kensington Palace shared this on Instagram "Someone's arrived early for tonight's Bollywood party 😉🐘 Preparations underway at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai".
07:10 I asked Rebecca English if William and Kate will be travelling straight from the Taj to Oval Maidan. She said no, there will be time for them to freshen up after the long flight. I imagine this means a change of outfit for Kate?
06:55 May I just say an enormous thank you to everyone for reading and commenting. Thank you for your lovely comments, it's been wonderful to see you all chatting and hearing your thoughts :)
06:25 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just landed in Mumbai :)
06:15 The couple are not expected to arrive at the Taj until 12.30 local time, however we may see airport photos. If so, we'll add them here immediately.
06:10 A tweet from Emily Andrews. Not long now...
05:40 Whilst we're waiting for William and Kate to arrive (we're seeing everything from fifteen to fifty minutes suggested as arrival times). The Mail Online shares info on the menu for tonight's gala.
'William likes plain dishes like lasagne and can’t bear spice, but I can reveal that gosht dum biryani, made with mutton and green chillies, is on the menu. Luckily, I hear that the spice levels will be toned down by the Taj Mahal Palace’s chefs. And a milder option is also on offer – chicken butter masala, though the dish is unlikely to appeal to Kate who eats very ‘clean’, low-fat and largely plant-based food. I’m told that the Royal couple will also be offered Indian ‘street food’ during their visit.'
05:30 We are just about ONE HOUR away from the arrival :)
05:20 An interesting article from Time featuring a brief history on royal visits to India can be found here.
04:40 The Duke and Duchess are expected to arrive in Mumbai in two hours!
04:25 What will Kate wear upon arrival in Mumbai? For her arrival in Canada in 2011 she chose a navy Erdem dress, it was Jenny Packham in Singapore in 2012 and a striking red Catherine Walker coat for the beginning of the 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia. Do you have any predictions for today?
04:10 A look at the itinerary for today, with thanks to RoyalKateUpdate.
02:55 It's always such fan to see how enthusiastic royal fans are ahead of major royal events. This tweet comes from Call Me Kate.
I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve! Can't wait for #RoyalVisitIndia and #RoyalVisitBhutan! pic.twitter.com/vp87tVAlPQ— Call Me Kate (@callmekateblog) April 9, 2016
02:50 We chatted a good deal about Indian designers we could see the Duchess choose during the tour. There were a number of solid possibilities we didn't have the opportunity to cover, including Bibhu Mohapatra. The Indian-American designer boasts a famous clientele including First Lady Michelle Obama.
These four looks are divine. The floral prints, the silhouette of the gowns, and use of appliqué are all very Kate.
02:40 About four hours until arrival :)
02:05 Another insightful article from the Telegraph: How the other half live: why India's slum-dwellers are keen to meet William and Kate:
'Her home is an 8ft x 8ft room that she shares with her parents and six siblings, so the question slum dweller Saniya Puniya Chauhan wants to ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is perhaps glaringly obvious.
“How can they live in such a big house?” mused 10-year-old Saniya as she prepared for one of the most exciting days of her life today when she meets the royal couple in Mumbai. “How do they communicate?” she went on. “How do they call each other? What kind of clothes do they wear?”
The Duke and Duchess can expect to be bombarded with these and similarly frank questions from some of the world’s poorest children when they arrive in India today at the start of their seven-day day tour of the country and of Bhutan.'
Royal reporters visited the slum district where some of the children from Doorstep School will be helped by today's cricket match. Rebecca English noted what a warm welcome she received and shared photos. We'll be discussing Doorstep and other organisations benefiting from some of today's events in our posts throughout the day.
01:40 According to guestimates, William and Kate should be arriving in Mumbai in five hours or so.
01:15 We haven't seen Kate wearing Temperley London in a while. Whilst glancing over their current collection I couldn't help but immediately notice several items which would be absolutely perfect for the tour. Take a look at the Lupita Embroidered Silk-Crepe Dress, the Gilda cotton-poplin ensemble and the Gilda Maxi Dress. All would work very well for many of the daytime engagements.
00:45 The royal press pack flew to Mumbai yesterday to get organised and prepared ahead of the royals. Emily Andrews shared photos of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel where William and Kate will be staying. Emily noted: "Lots of painting and cleaning going on today."
Emily also shared a photo of a magnificent Mumbai sunset.
Speaking of the hotel, Victoria Murphy shared this info.
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00:15 The most formal event of the tour takes place this evening at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The star-studded event will be attended by Bollywood royalty. Take a peek inside the ballroom...
More from the Mirror's story:
'Prince William and Kate will be serenaded by Bollywood's finest when they touch down in India on Sunday at a star-studded fundraiser - and here we take a look at each of them, and their incredible careers. The royal couple will be entertained at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai by an explosion of Bollywood dancing and music and will schmooze with 200 Indian film, sport and business figures.
They will speak with big Bollywood names Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Farhan Akhtar as well as cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The reception and dinner, planned for Sunday, will raise funds for three charities the Cambridges will have met earlier during their first day in India - Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India's Childline, which support vulnerable children in Mumbai and across India.'I predict we're going to see sensational red-carpet style from a variety of guests. What will the Duchess wear? We know Kate will wear a gown and jewels. How formal will the look be? Will Kate opt for a traditional look? Let's take a look at Diana attending a banquet during the Wales' 1992 tour of India. Diana opted for a classic Catherine Walker dress and her family Spencer tiara.
23:55 As you all know a visit to the Taj Mahal next Saturday will conclude the royal tour. KP said: "The Duke of Cambridge is of course aware of the huge esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales, is held in India and he appreciates the iconic status of the images that exist of the Princess at the Taj. He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there." Claudia shared information on a video of Diana's visit. The Princess noted she found the visit "very healing". The video also offers a glimpse of the crowds and public attention Diana received during the visit.
23:40 For those asking, I'm hearing William and Kate will arrive in Mumbai around 11 a.m (Mumbai time) this isn't officially confirmed though.
23:30 A look at the weather in Mumbai today.
23:20 The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel shared a video on Twitter and wrote "The stage is set at #TajMahalPalace to welcome TRHs on their maiden visit".
The stage is set at #TajMahalPalace to welcome TRHs on their maiden visit. #RoyalVisitIndia pic.twitter.com/D7DuvYu7Az— The Taj Mahal Palace (@TajMahalMumbai) April 9, 2016
23:05 Rebecca English wrote a fun piece for the Mail Online discussing style possibilities...for Prince William. The article reports William has been stocking up on a new wardrobe at Mr Porter; it is not known what the Prince ordered but the article pictures William sporting several trendy looks. :)
The articles also discusses Kate's tour wardrobe.
'For their India and Bhutan trip, Kate is expected to go through two or three changes a day over seven days – up to 21 different looks in all. Armfuls of clothes have been arriving at Kensington Palace on almost a daily basis for her to try, new luggage has been bought and her personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, will accompany her.'
On Twitter, Rebecca elaborated on information she has heard about Kate's tour wardrobe including news we will not see the Duchess wearing traditional dress.
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Rebecca also revealed a list of labels the Duchess has considered and will likely be taking with her. The first is Christopher Kane. A glance at the designer's current collection offers many options for Kate, who favours bespoke items by Mr Kane. Below, a look at the delicate, feminine Pleated Silk Chiffon Dress, the Lace Guipure Dress and the Pleated Printed Skirt and Blouse.
It came as no surprise to see Erdem mentioned. Kate debuted the designer during the Canada tour in 2011 and has worn his designs on every tour since. The designer's love of floral prints and elegant silhouettes very much fits in with royal tour style. Below we see the Mara Dress, the Fabrizia and the Dora.
Another tour favourite Roksanda Ilinic is reportedly on the cards, as well as British label Madderson London. In terms of shoes, "size 5 1/2 Kate has been looking at Gianvito Rossi, Jimmy Choo and Russell and Bromley". Rebecca concluded her exclusive information with word new luggage and rucksacks have been purchased from English firm Chapman bags.
23.00 There's been an abundance of stellar coverage focusing on various aspects of the tour in recent days. One article I particularly enjoyed was a piece in the Telegraph entitled "What Diana's advisor says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can expect from India". The piece reflects on Charles and Diana's trip to India in 1992 and features a first-hand perspective on the behind-the-scenes moments of the tour and significance of them.
'From my perspective as “the producer of the Diana show” (in Lord David Puttnam’s generous phrase), I’ll never forget the feeling, no matter how many trips you did, as the minutes to arrival count down and the tension goes up. Then, when that aircraft door opens, India will burst upon them in a blast of foreign sounds and strange-scented air.
I remember trying to ignore the butterflies in my tummy and get the right expression on my face because, after all those weeks of planning, reconnaissance and painstaking preparation, here comes the big exam. Have we remembered all the crucial Foreign Office briefing notes (and NOT left them in the seat pocket).
Has every single earring, shoe-tree, sock and silk hankie made the journey with us, or are they still in Kensington Palace? Too late now. Shoulders back, everyone - and stick on those smiles: this is curtain up and the world is watching.
I bet the world likes what it sees. This is British royalty doing its job, boosting UK plc and allowing us all to feel just a little bit special. This is no holiday junket, no taxpayer-funded freebie in the sun: this is top-level international good manners in action and damned hard work.'
22.55 FYI: We've added a clock sharing the time in India on the sidebar. We've also updated 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' to briefly list all engagements. A detailed royal tour itinerary can be viewed here. With several posts per day, you can view all of our posts from the tour on the Royal Tour Spring 2016 page.
22.50 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on a flight to Mumbai according to various reports.