Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pose halfway up the trail leading to a Buddhist monastery referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest” on their two-day visit to Bhutan on Friday. And, indeed if that’s what it is, William and Kate – or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – did the job to a T on their India visit all through the week. That said, the duo hopes to bring the little ones on future trips with them once “they’re a little bit more mobile”, Kate, 34, told People. The night before her and William’s hike, they joined King Jigme and Queen Jetsun for an informal dinner, to which the duchess wore a glimmering full-length gown by Tony Burch.
Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine, said she felt the visit had lacked substance but understood why it had to be so tightly controlled.
After the three-hour adventure the Duke confessed “it was quite tough on the way up” and, thinking of her figure, the Duchess joked: “It’s a great way to burn off the curry“.
The climb culminates at Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as Tiger’s Nest – one of the most breathtaking temples in the world and also the most spiritual place in the whole of Bhutan.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Britain’s Prince William prepare to set off on a jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India Wednesday, April 13, 2016. It leads to a cave where Guru Padmasambhava, credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan, is believed to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks and three days in the eighth century. William’s father, Prince Charles, tried the same climb on a royal visit to the country but never made it to the top.
William struggled to keep up, as it became clear the flushed royal had let his fitness flop while taking a break from official duties. It was their first meet with the himalayan King and Queen although the relationship between the two countries existed since the time of first king.
The British royals are on a weeklong tour of India and Bhutan.
Their week-long tour ends back in India next Saturday at the Taj Mahal, revisiting the scene of a solo – and much photographed – visit in 1992 by the late Princess Diana, to the monument to love.