New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on Monday visited Gandhi Smriti here and paid tributes at the ‘Martyr’s Column’ — the spot where Mahatma Gandhi fell to an assassin’s bullets in 1948.
The British royals arrived at the Gandhi Smriti on Tees January Road after laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti – dedicated to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ – at India Gate.
Mahatma Gandhi lived at the complex for 144 days before he was assassinated there on January 30, 1948.
The couple visited the museum at Gandhi Smriti, which houses articles related to the Father of the Nation.
According to a British High Commission official, the couple asked several questions about the spinning wheel that Mahatma Gandhi used and is put on display there.
They were also inquisitive about Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the complex’s entrance, and were told it was a symbol of peace.
Inscribed on the bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the company of a boy and a girl is his famous quote: ‘My life is my message.’
The Duke and the Duchess also met around 30 schoolchildren, who sang ‘bhajans’ that gave the message of peace, as propagated by Gandhi.
On Sunday, the royal couple attended a welcome charity dinner hosted by the British High Commission in Mumbai.
The high-profile dinner was attended by the Who’s Who of Bollywood, who rolled out the red carpet for the royal couple.
Prince William and Kate are scheduled to have lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.