Modi hosts lunch for Prince William, Kate

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hosted lunch for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a visit to India.

“A royal summer in Delhi! PM @narendramodi receives the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Hyderabad House,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of Modi with Prince William and Kate.

During his visit to Britain in November last year, Modi was hosted to a lunch banquet by Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal couple, who arrived in Mumbai on Sunday, attended a reception hosted by the British high commissioner here on Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday that falls next week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are scheduled to leave for Assam later on Tuesday where they will visit the Kaziranga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Prince William, Kate Middleton are down to earth: Madhuri Dixit

Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Actress Madhuri Dixit, one among the many Bollywood celebrities invited for the gala dinner with British Royals Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, says it was a “memorable night” for her to meet the “gracious and down to earth” couple.

The reception, that took place at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel here on Sunday, was joined by celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karan Johar, Anil Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Alia Bhatt, Farhan Akhtar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineeti Chopra and Huma Qureshi, among others.

The gala aimed to raise funds for organisations including Childline India, Magic Bus and Door Step School, India.

“It was a pleasure meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton. They were gracious and down to earth. It was a very memorable night. The Gala dinner, though short-lived, was an evening to remember,” Madhuri, who donned a lavishing dress by the brand Shyamal & Bhumika at the event, said in a statement.

She was joined by her husband doctor Sriram Nene for the event.

Madhuri will next be seen onscreen as a judge on the upcoming dance reality show “So You Think You Can Dance”, which will be aired on &TV.

Anupam Kher ‘looking forward’ to meeting the British Royals

Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher is looking forward to meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Anupam shared an image of the lunch invite on Twitter. The invite read: “The Prime Minister requests the pleasure of the company of Anupam Kher on Tuesday, 12th April 2016 at 1245 hrs. At Hyderabad House, 1 Ashok Road, New Delhi.”

An elated Anupam captioned the photograph: “Looking forward to meeting the Royal Highness Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the lunch hosted by PM Narendra Modi.”

The royal duo will travel on April 14 to the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and return on April 16 for a visit to the Taj Mahal, a Unesco World Heritage monument, in Agra at the conclusion of their two-nation tour.

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