Inside Prince William & Kate Middleton's Taj Royal Dinner

Posted April 10, 2016

Kate and William at Royal Gala Dinner Mumbai

Tonight Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton outshone even the bling of Bollywood at the Royal Fundraiser Dinner hosted for them at the Taj Hotel, Mumbai on their first Royal Visit to India as a couple.

 

Kate and William at Royal Gala Dinner. Kate Wears Jenny Packham

Kate wears a beaded Jenny Packham Sapphire Gown

 

The Royals were welcomed by only the biggest and most well known names from Bollywood including Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra, Aamir Khan and Rishi Kapoor, as well as figures from Mumbai's thriving business world. 

 

 Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar at Royal Dinner Mumbai

Shah Rukh in white tuxedo, with pal Director Karan Johar

 

Shah Rukh Khan Meets Prince William at Taj

Bollywood's biggest stars wait in line to meet Prince William with Kate in background

 
Guest with Kate and William

 

Celebrities L-R Parineeti Chopra, Jacqueline Fernadez, Manish Malhotra and Sophie Choudry far right with the Royal couple.  

 

Guests were asked to stand before the Royal couple arrived and put away their phones before the evening proceeded where William, 33, and Kate, 34, were treated to some very colourful dance and musical performances.

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Royal Gala Dinner Mumbai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wearing a Sabysachi saree 

 

Kate really showed us why it's called 'Royal' blue, wearing a sapphire blue Indian-inspired bespoke gown designed by one of her favourite British brands Jenny Packham whilst the beading of her dress was done in India, again showing Kate's real sensitivity to local trade and illustrating again why she's a perfect diplomat.

 

Kate wore Amarpali Earrings

 Kate wore Indian brand Amrapali earrings worth £2,500

 

The event celebrated Mumbai's film and creative industries and was hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with The British Asian Trust, of which Prince Charles is founder and President. 

 

Dinner at Royal Dinner Taj

 

The Duchess was also seated next to Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India and the Royal Couple chose to eat a traditional vegetarian indian menu.

 

Alia Bhatt in Strapless Gown for Royal Gala Dinner

Alia Bhatt in a strapless, golden Manish Malhotra gown 

 

It was a tightly guarded guest lists, with all guests being on stand-by until only the final moments. Here's Kanika Kapoor's invite and the moment she met the Duchess. 

 

Kanika Kapoor's invite to the Royal Gala Mumbai

Kanika Kapoor's invite to the Royal Gala

 

Kanika Kapoor Meets Kate Middleton in India 

Singer Kanika Kapoor meets Kate Middleton 

 

Here are some of our favorite outfits from the evening so far. All the starlets tended to opt for intricate weave and mirror work and soft and subtle hues. Whilst we love all the internationally flavoured colours, fabrics, shapes and work, we particularly like Jacqueline Fernandez in her red Manish Malhotra outfit which is both authentically Indian whilst classy. 

 

Sonam Kapoor in Ellie Saab Gown

Sonam Kapoor in an Ellie Saab Gown  

 

Jacqueline Fernandez in Manish Malhotra for Royal Gala Dinner India

 

Jacqueline Fernandez in Manish Malhotra and Jimmy Choo Clutch 

 

 Sophie Choudry in Manish Malhotra

Sophie Choudry in Manish Malhotra 

 

 Shilpa Shetty in Monisha Jaising at Royal Dinner

Shilpa Shetty in a Monisha Jaising saree  

 

 

 Madhuri Dixit wears Saree to Royal Gala Dinner at Taj Mumbai

Madhuri Dixit poses for a pic in a stunning net saree with hubby

 

Sachin Tendulkar at Royal Gala

Sachin Tendulkar with wife 

 

Inside the Royal Dinner at Taj Mumbai

The Royal Red Carpet at the Taj Hotel Mumbai, India

 

 

The event celebrated Mumbai's film and creative industries and was hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with The British Asian Trust, of which Prince Charles is founder and President. The lavish event raised money for three charities that the Duke and Duchess had met earlier in the day – Magic Bus, Doorstep, and Childline. 

 

Image credits: Instagram, Getty