April 10, 2016

Hit for six! Nimble Kate keeps on her towering wedges to play cricket with Indian school children on first day of tour with William (VIDEO)

Kate also took part in a number of drills with children from non-governmental organisations Magic Bus, Childline and Doorstep
Looking relaxed in a cool, printed tunic dress, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared every bit the natural cricketer as she celebrated slugging a ball from one of the greats of the game in front of thousands of Indian street children today.

But her joy was short-lived as Kate found herself caught out off the bowling of Sachin Tendulkar - India's former captain - at Mumbai's iconic Oval Maidan recreation ground in the south of the city. 

The legendary cricketer later said of the Duchess: 'She batted, she fielded, she did everything!' adding she was 'very, very sporty'.

Kate appeared to be a natural as she celebrated slugging the ball away
The athletic Duchess was then put through her paces with a number of sporty drills as she and Prince William met youngsters during their first royal tour as a couple for almost two years.  

Despite a first-ball dismissal the Duchess - who wore a dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre, was given another chance and hit the next two deliveries over the fielders before she was finally caught.

William, casually dressed in trousers and a shirt, had been the first one to stride out onto the pitch and despite being left handed, batted with his right and smashed a delivery past his wife who stood at midwicket and could only applaud.

William and Kate have been meeting some of the city's many thousands of street children and a number of the charities helping them
He walloped successive balls into the air before Tendulkar decided to bowl at the future king and he was caught by a youngster.

The event was staged for the royal couple to meet representatives and children from three charities - school transport organisation Magic Bus, the Door Step School and India's Childline.

Tendulkar said about the royal couple: 'What a fantastic experience it was to meet the Duke and the Duchess - remarkable couple - made us feel so comfortable and really humble, very very simple.

'And the noble causes they are sporting all over the world I think that shows what kind of heart they have and they feel for less fortunate ones.

'It's nice to know he understands cricket, he follows cricket. We discussed the T20 finals as well, we spoke about tennis, all in all a wonderful experience for me.'

Asked about William's batting he replied: 'He middled them all, so, even if it was against the wind, he was managing to get the distance.'

And speaking about Kate's efforts he said: 'Very, very sporty'. 

They were given an enthusiast welcome upon their arrival at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel earlier today, having landed 20 minutes ahead of schedule on a British Airways flight from London with part of the 11-strong entourage that will accompany them on their seven-day trip to India and Bhutan.

William and Kate's first official engagement of the visit saw them lay a wreath at a memorial to the hotel's victims of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, before the royal couple changed outfits for a trip to Oval Maidan. 

The large recreational ground is one of Mumbai's most famous public places and was billed by Kensington Palace as a chance for the royal couple to say a 'big hello' to the city. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are meeting children in Mumbai for a game of cricket after landing in the city this morning to begin their first royal tour as a couple for almost two years. 
As well as facing up to some of the city's most talented young cricketers, the Duke and Duchess also met some of its poorest children, which are being helped by local charities including.

Kate was wearing a beautifully cool dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre, who also has a studio in London, along with £99 suede wedges by Mint Velvet.

A source close to the Duchess said: 'She really wanted to wear a local designer at the earliest possible opportunity as a tribute to Mumbai's wonderful design talent. This dress is a perfect way to do that.'

Highlights of the tour will see William and Kate visit the Taj Mahal - famously visited by Diana, Princess of Wales - where the royal couple hope to create 'new memories'. Tonight they will also attend a glittery Bollywood gala dinner – with singers, dancers and even a nod to fashion – at The Taj Palace to raise money for the charities and children they are meeting today.

Meanwhile, the couple began their visit to Oval Maidan by being introduced to Tendulkar, who enjoys a demi-god status in India as one of the greatest batsmen to ever play the game, before meeting three local organisations helping Mumbai's infamous 'slumdog' children.

William and Kate also had a game of cricket, with the second in line to the throne the first up to the crease. He showed considerable prowess as he thwacked some balls with Kate, looking elegant in the field, clapping loyally as he did.

His wife managed to hit three balls – the last of which was thrown by Indian hero Tendulkar, who bowled a maiden over.

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