The Duchess of Cambridge takes the casual route in Assam

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, are on the last day of their tour of India before they set off for Bhutan on Thursday.

Kate was the epitome of elegance, sweeping her glossy brunette tresses into a chic low bun with a middle parting for the meeting at New Delhi's Hyderabad House.

After a night of traditional music and dance, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, have headed out in a jeep into the wilds of remote northeast India for a wildlife safari.

Poachers shot the rhinoceros and, while it was still alive, sawed off its horn before fleeing before dawn, wildlife official Subasis Das said.

The couple are staying at Diphlu Lodge in the park for two nights as they see for themselves the efforts to both preserve wildlife.

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge feed baby elephants.

But Kitty Tawakley, a spokeswoman for the British High Commission in New Delhi, said Prince William and Catherine were safe, the Associated Press reported. The hyped up visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the 17th century monument of love began at 3.35 p.m. on Saturday. "The next time we come we will definitely bring them". The 480-square-kilometer (185-square-mile) grassland park is home to the world's largest population of rare, one-horned rhinos as well as other endangered species, including swamp deer and the Hoolock gibbon.

While there, she fed baby elephants and rhinos before going to meet young Indian villagers at Kaziranga Discovery Park in Pan Bari village.

As for Kate Middleton's always-smiling face, a guest at a recent party reportedly asked the Duchess, "Aren't you exhausted of smiling?" to which Kate graciously replied, "I'm just reciprocating".

The Duke and Duchess were entranced by the youngster, pointing him out in the group of dancers and drummers.

Horses were kept at the ready in case the royals became exhausted, but they did not use them. The royal couple will next head to Bhutan, and then back to India to visit the Taj Mahal, where Prince William's mother visited on a royal trip in 1992.



Vanessa Coleman