Royal couple lay a wreath in Mumbai
Prince William and Kate Middleton lay a wreath to pay respects to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks Getty

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started their tour of India and Bhutan by laying a wreath in Mumbai on Sunday. The royal couple were paying respects to the victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Palace hotel.

The couple were informed on their arrival of the devastating explosion and fire at a Hindu temple in Kerala that has killed more than 100 people, they extended their thoughts to all helping the victims, said Kensington Palace.

Kate Middleton on tour in India
Kate Middleton on tour in India Getty

The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the next stops on the tour. The huge Mughal mausoleum was the site of a famous picture of William's mother, Diana, sitting alone. Later in the trip, they will head to the Himalayan nation of Bhutan where they will meet the Dragon King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and Queen Jetsun Pema.

The Bhutanese royal couple have previously been compared to the Duke and Duchess, some places have called them "the Will and Kate of the Himalayas".

The couple will head to the Oval Maidan park to meet charity representatives later on before attending a fundraising dinner and reception with a number of Indian stars.

They will then be moving on to New Dehli where they plan to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi at the place he assassinated in 1948.