Sunday 4 December 2016

Prince William and Kate Middleton play with New Delhi's street children

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 12/04/2016 | 10:34

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge participates in an arts class with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge participates in an arts class with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge participates in an arts class with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William and Kate Middleton took a break from their week-long tour of India to play games with some of India’s most vulnerable children.

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The royal couple made a stop during their trip to New Delhi at a drop-in centre run by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a charity which provides emergency care as well as long-term supports for homeless children at the capital’s railway station.

The charity runs a Childline service and has five shelter homes and 18 drop-in centres near bus and train stations across the city, where they offer food, education services, health care and a place to stay to children in need.

Each year, on average 6,600 children between the ages of 5 and 18 make their way to the centre, often on their own after running away from home because of abuse or poverty.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

During their visit to the centre, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning patterned dress by Mumbai-born designer Anita Dogre as she took part in an arts class before she and her husband joined in a round of carrom, a traditional Asian table game similar to billiards.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

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