KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE and Prince William were left in need of a “stiff drink” after they went through a “terrifying experience” while visiting India, royal expert Katie Nicholls said.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William traveled to Indian subcontinent as part of a royal tour to India and Buthan in 2016. During the seven-day trip, the couple went on an excursion to Kaziranga National Park – a reservation homing tigers and elephants – where they were caught in the middle of the aftershock of a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar. Tremors from the quake were felt up to 500 miles away, including the area of the park Kate and William were staying at.
Royal expert Katie Nicholls, who had been covering the royal tour and had traveled to India with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, told Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “We were checking into our hotel when the ground was literally shaking, trembling.
“The chandeliers were shaking, we evacuated the hotel very, very quickly.”
Ms Nicholls continued: “The Duke and Duchess were out in a field, in a hut on stilts. It was a terrifying moment for them.
“William needed a stiff drink after that, as did Kate.”
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge confirmed the royal couple was safe and well shortly after the earthquake hit, remaining unharmed by the aftershocks.
The tour to India was the first overseas visit Kate and William went on together since 2014, when they traveled to Australia and New Zealand with Prince George.
The experience however did not deter the Royal Family from continuing to travel to India, with Sophie Wessex jetting off on a five-day tour only last week.
The Countess of Wessex is a full-time working royal, meaning she spends much of her time attending royal engagements for a large number of charities and organisations, and working in support of Queen Elizabeth II.
The visit marked one of the last official events planned on behalf of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust as the Trust is set to close down in January 2020.
The Trust is a time-limited charitable foundation, established in 2012, in order to mark and celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.
However, it will close as planned, on January 31 next year.
During this week’s trip, the Countess had the opportunity to witness the work that the charitable foundation has supported, in order to tackle avoidable blindness in babies born prematurely.
She also attended talks about the impact of programmes successfully launched by Queen’s Young Leaders – which was launched by the Trust in 2014.
The Countess also visited Mumbai and New Delhi.
During her time in Mumbai, she paid a visit to a school, meeting Queen’s Young Leader Deane de Menezes, whose project Red is the new Green.
The campaign aims to destigmatize menstruation, improve access to menstrual hygiene, and aims to put a stop to female absenteeism in schools due to this issue.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK