Royal Tour India: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend glittering Bollywood gala

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Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in Jenny Packham gown on Bollywood red carpet

By What Would Kate Do

On Day One of their Royal Tour of India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a star-studded gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel elaborated decorated their ballroom with red uplighting, beautiful floral displays, and intricate design details. A gourmet dinner was served during the evening, featuring cultural cuisine.

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Visit India & Bhutan - Day 1

The event was attended by the biggest stars in Bollywood, including Aishwaryia Ray and Shah Rukh Khan. A red carpet was rolled out for the stars, who arrived in gorgeous Indian dresses and designer gowns.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke sapphire blue gown by Jenny Packham. Kate's dress featured a flowing train and heavily beaded matching shawl-style cape. The intricate beading on the dress was sewn in India. The gown has some similarities to the anarkali style of Indian dresses.

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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham at Bollywood Gala
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Royal Tour India: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend glittering Bollywood gala
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Bollywood Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Bollywood Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (L) as she attends a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Bollywood Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Photo by: KGC-42/STAR MAX/IPx 4/10/16 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) attend Gala Bollywood Dinner at the Taj Palace Hotel.
Photo by: KGC-42/STAR MAX/IPx 4/10/16 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) attend Gala Bollywood Dinner at the Taj Palace Hotel.
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For accessories, Catherine wore statement earrings from India-based designer Amrapali. She also wore a pair of what is widely believed to be Prada heels. She also carried a matching blue beaded clutch, which is likely also by Jenny Packham.

The event was a wonderful way to meet the stars of Indian culture. After spending the morning with children, visiting the slums, and meeting local members of the community, the glamorous event was a stark but fascinating contrast of India's culture.

Tonight, the Duke and Duchess will get some much needed rest ahead of Day Two! Stay tuned for more updates!

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