Suite spa, gold an­tiques set to wel­come Will-Kat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Apoorva Dutt apoorva.dutt@hin­dus­tan­ HT FILE PHOTO

MUM­BAI: A suite with a spa, tra­di­tional meals on solid sil­ver thalis and archery lessons are some of the ex­pe­ri­ences on the itin­er­ary of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton as they pre­pare for their first visit to the sub­con­ti­nent. “The royal In­dian ex­pe­ri­ence will be­gin at the en­trance to their suite [at Mum­bai’s iconic Taj Ma­hal Palace ho­tel] — solid brass doors from a tra­di­tional In­dian palace will open up onto rooms adorned in tra­di­tional In­dian art, from a check­ers board in­laid with Mother of Pearl to a tra­di­tional Surya­van­shi sun­shaped mir­ror, and an­tique gold and brass chests, lamps and pots,” said a source at the ho­tel. “The suite comes with a Sheesh Ma­hal study that has a roof shaped like a royal chha­tri, stud­ded with mir­rors. A tra­di­tional jhoola or swing, and pe­riod fans, hang from the ceil­ing.”

The cou­ple will be­gin their week-long tour of In­dia and Bhutan on Sun­day, by check­ing into Taj Ma­hal Palace ho­tel for one night, a move that is be­ing seen as a show of sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of the 26/11 ter­ror at­tacks.

Prince Wil­liam (right) and his wife Kate will be on a week-long tour of In­dia and Bhutan. They will ar­rive in Mum­bai next Sun­day.

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