The Absolute Best Photos From Will and Kate’s Royal Tour

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It was a week jam-packed with visits, from feeding elephants to playing cricket and nearly everything in between.

It wasn’t a completely flawless trip – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s press officers argued with the media about filming their Bhutanese hike, which highlighted their constance request for “private visits during the tour,” – but overall, it was success.

Read: Camilla Tominey Recaps The Not-So-Rosey Moments Of The Royal Tour

Below are what I believe were the most wonderful photos captured of William and Catherine during their tour of India and Bhutan.

  1. Contact Centre Run By the Charity Salaam Baalak
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The Cambridges met with youths who risk facing a life of poverty and “professional begging,” something so dangerous that some lose body parts in order to guilt people into giving them more money.  The charity provides food and education to try and keep the children off the streets.

2. Kate Plays Cricket

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Catherine played cricket on a patterned dress by Anita Dongre, with taupe wedges by Monsoon.

3.  Charity Gala 

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For their star-studded evening with Bollywood’s finest, Catherine paired a royal blue Jenny Packham  with Amrapali’s lapis & diamond double oval drop earrings, which – according to What Kate Wore – recently sold out on Gilt. 

4. Feeding Baby Rhinos and Elephants at Kaziranga National Park

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Baby phant! William told their hosts at the park that “if he could he would have spent the whole day there.” Catherine looked very maternal, petting the babies as she fed them.

5. Their First Visit to the Taj Mahal

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This was a poignant moment for fans, especially for those who saw his mother, Diana pose on the same bench in 1992.

William obliged the press in a photo, a decision that, according to a palace spokesperson, was only made that morning.

6. Five-Hour Trek to Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan

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“It’s a great way to burn off the curry,” Catherine joked to reporters during a photo call. William was said to be sweating, but Catherine glowed in her Penelope Chilvers boots, which she’s had since she was in college (see below)

7. Archery Demonstration in Bhutan

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#omgsoawkward.

William and Catherine, who are kinda/sorta competitive when it comes to sports, tried their hands at archery and darts (archery is Bhutan’s national sport).

When Catherine’s arrow fell near the the press pack, she was very apologetic.  “Sorry!” Her Royal Highness yelled!

8.  Will and Kate Meet Bhutan’s Will and Kate

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“Two of the best royal couples in the world are meeting, so I think it is pretty exciting,” one resident, Tsering Pem said, according to Murphy, of April 14th’s visit.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Jetsun married in October 2011.  She was a commoner (her dad was a pilot), who met the future king when she was just a teenager.

Here are some of Kate’s looks from the royal tour for readers to check out in further detail (note, most are sold out).

What was your favorite part of the royal tour?

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