Starting their trip with a swing and a hit! Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off their tour of India and Bhutan on Sunday, April 10, with a round of cricket with one of the world’s best cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, in South Mumbai.
Kate, 34, faced off against Tendulkar, who is a major celebrity in the region, even managing to slug the ball he bowled — though she was later caught out.
The stunning royal donned a flowing, printed dress by Mumai designer Anita Dongre for the fun event, and managed to play, even kicking a soccer ball in a pair of sky-high wedges.
“She really wanted to wear a local designer at the earliest possible opportunity as a tribute to Mumbai’s wonderful design talent,” a source close to the Duchess tells Us. “This dress is a perfect way to do that.”
William, meanwhile, kept things casual in dark blue slacks and a white button-down shirt at the Oval Maidan visit.
As Us Weekly previously reported, Kate readied 15 different outfits for her and William’s six-day trip to India, with a “look book” detailing what she would be wearing “for every minute of the visit.”
According to the insider, Kate’s private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, traveled to India in February to get some intel on the country’s fashion-forward style.
“She took note of the colors of each local setting, lighting and sunset times,” the source said.
The duke and duchess plan to visit Kazifanga National Park to visit with Elephant Family, to pay respects to the late Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi and, finally, to follow in the footsteps of William’s late mother, Princess Diana, by touring the famed Taj Mahal.