Prince William, Kate Middleton win hearts in India: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dubbed WillKat [PHOTOS]

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    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hold a wreath as they pay their respects at the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the sites of the 2008 attacks, in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Mitesh Bhuvad/Pool
  • A paisley pattern is seen on the outfit worn by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    A paisley pattern is seen on the outfit worn by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she holds her purse while paying her respects at the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the sites of the 2008 attacks, in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Mitesh Bhuvad/Pool
  • Prince William, Kate Middleton
    A message is seen on a card on a wreath laid by Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the sites of the 2008 attacks, in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Mitesh Bhuvad/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, float flowers at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016.
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, float flowers at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Rajanish Kakade/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile after floating flowers at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016.
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile after floating flowers at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Rajanish Kakade/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016.
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Rajanish Kakade/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge,  visit the historic Banganga water tank in Mumbai April 10, 2016.
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the historic Banganga water tank in Mumbai April 10, 2016. Reuters/Punit Paranjape/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, receive a traditional welcome as they visit the historic Banganga water tank in Mumbai April 10, 2016. Reuters/Punit Paranjape/Pool
  • Britain's Prince William is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (back) as he and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Britain's Prince William is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (back) as he and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, play a game of cricket with Indian children, who are beneficiaries of NGOs, at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai April 10, 2016. Reuters/Indranil Mukherjee/Pool
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd R), is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (R) as she and Britain's Prince William
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd R), is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (R) as she and Britain's Prince William play a game of cricket with Indian children, who are beneficiaries of NGOs, at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai April 10, 2016. Reuters/Indranil Mukherjee/Pool
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (2nd R) as she and Britain's Prince William
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), is watched by former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (2nd R) as she and Britain's Prince William (R) play a game of cricket with Indian children, who are beneficiaries of NGOs, at The Oval Maidan in Mumbai April 10, 2016. Reuters/Indranil Mukherjee/Pool
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays cricket with children at a ground in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016.
    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays cricket with children at a ground in Mumbai, India, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
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    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for photographs at a charity gala function at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India, 10 April 2016. Reuters/Divyakant Solanki/Pool
  • Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, speaks with Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwariya Rai in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016.
    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, speaks with Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwariya Rai in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Reuters/Rafiq Maqbool/Pool
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“WillKat” has dominated Indian media. Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, won over the Indian people’s hearts as the British royal couple toured the South Asian nation for a seven-day visit.

The parents of two, who left Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the UK, arrived in India on Sunday and stayed at the Taj Mahal Palace. William and Kate, shortly after landing in the country, paid respect to the 31 people killed in the horrific attack by the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai in 2008. They laid a wreath at the memorial site at the palace hotel to honour the victims.

“In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. William, Catherine,” the wreath’s message reads.

The Duchess wore a beautifully patterned paisley red dress by English label Alexander McQueen. The knee-length dress was a creative fusion of English and Indian fashion.

William and Kate then met with cricket legends Sachin Tendukar and Dilip Vengsarkar and as well as the children from nearby slums, at the Oval Maidan recreational ground. Kate wore a colourful long patterned dress designed by Anita Dongre of India, pairing it with a pair of wedge shoes – Kate’s signature footwear style – which abled her to run and play with the children.

The couple, dubbed WillKat by the Indian media, also visited the historic Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, where they received traditional welcome and offered floating flower offerings.

On the same night, the smiling royalties met with Bollywood stars that included Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Rathnam, Shah Rukh and Aishwarya Rai at a fundraising dinner, hoping to raise a six-figure sum for three Indian charities. Kate wore an elegant floor-length Jenny Packham blue dress, which was apparently beaded in India. She paired the stunning gown with earring from Indian jeweller Amrapali, according to Vanity Fair.

William and Catherine’s Indian and Bhutan trip will conclude on April 16.

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