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  • William and Kate met street children in New Delhi this morning on the third day of their tour of India and Bhutan
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later had lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Later the royal couple will fly to Assam where they will spend two days highlighting rural and conservation issues

Just an hour earlier, the Duchess of Cambridge was playing games with India's most vulnerable children in flat pumps, hair down and casual outfit.

But after a swift costume change that would impress many a West End theatre, she was whisked away to have lunch with the Prime Minister in a chic£800 lace dress paired with a formal chignon.

It was all part of another busy day of their Royal tour which started with the Duchess looking radiant in a casual printed maxi dress as she joined her husband at a centre for vulnerable street children in New Delhi. 

The royal couple visited a facility run by the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation supporting some of the youngsters who arrive into the city's railway station each day in search of a better life.

Unusually on a public engagement, Kate, 34, opted for flat cream pumps which she paired with a long burgundy ethnic-style dress with a belt tied around the middle. She wore her hair in loose curls half tied up off her face to finish her relaxed look. 

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Art class: The Duchess of Cambridge sat cross-legged as she drew pictures with some of the street children helped by the charity

Art class: The Duchess of Cambridge sat cross-legged as she drew pictures with some of the street children helped by the charity

Relaxed: Kate wore flat cream pumps underneath a long burgundy ethnic style dress with a belt tied around the middle

Relaxed: Kate wore flat cream pumps underneath a long burgundy ethnic style dress with a belt tied around the middle

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Low-key style: The Duchess wore her hair in soft curls that were half tied back from her face for the visit to the train station
The Duchess of Cambridge today

Low-key style: The Duchess wore her hair in soft curls that were half tied back from her face for the visit to the train station

Playtime: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game of the traditional table game Carrom with street children in New Delhi

Playtime: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game of the traditional table game Carrom with street children in New Delhi

William and Kate, who are on the third day of their week-long tour of India and Bhutan, today met some of the 6,000 children who travel to New Delhi each year, often fleeing from abuse or appalling poverty.

Once they arrive in the Indian capital, the youngsters become a target for prostitution, people trafficking or sexual and physical abuse. 

The royal couple heard how the Trust’s outreach workers try to identify the most vulnerable young children as soon as they arrive, encouraging them to seek support. 

The Duke and Duchess heard how some of the children have their eyes gouged out and hands hacked off to make them more 'attractive ' as professional beggars.

But the horrors of life on the street seemed far removed from the children's minds as they invited the visiting royals to join them for a round of carrom, a traditional table game. 

William and Kate appeared in good spirits as they crouched down on the floor with the boys, who live in the nearby station.

Prince William, 33, asked one of the boys: 'What's the game you're playing? Ah, carrom board. Can you show us how to play?' Flicking the draught, he laughed as it went too far and invited his wife to have a go. 

The charity's director Sanjoy Roy told the couple about the charity's work. 'The boys come here for four hours of lessons and some food every day,' he said. 'When they're not here, they're at the railway station.'

When Prince William asked whether it was dangerous, Mr Roy replied: 'Yes, so they try to stick together. We look after around 7,000 kids a year but every day around 40 to 50 new children arrive at the station.

'They often have to deal with trauma, learning difficulties, ADHD and we have special programmes to help them with that. These children that we look after are the most vulnerable. Some may have their eyes gauged out or hands hacked off.

'The primary reasons they run away from home are misunderstanding with step-parents, physical and mental abuse, incredible poverty or a life event such as forced marriage.' 

Greeting: The couple couldn't keep the smiles off their faces as they met with some of the thousands of children helped by the charity

Greeting: The couple couldn't keep the smiles off their faces as they met with some of the thousands of children helped by the charity

Getting involved: One of the boys look on as the Duchess draws an outline of what appears to be a house on a piece of paper

Getting involved: One of the boys look on as the Duchess draws an outline of what appears to be a house on a piece of paper

Light-hearted moment: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children at a centre in New Delhi

Light-hearted moment: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play a game of carrom with street children at a centre in New Delhi

Joining in: The Duke and Duchess then also visited a temporary shelter for boys, located close to the train station

Joining in: The Duke and Duchess then also visited a temporary shelter for boys, located close to the train station

The charity has six homes, 21 contact centres and three Childline centres near stations, bus stands and railway stations across Delhi.

Prince William asked what he could do to help, and Mr Roy replied: 'Spread the word. People think of them as street kids, beggars, thieves but they are just children. They deserve an education, future and a life. They have a right to a childhood.' 

The couple also heard how Salaam Baalak Trust always tries to reunite children with their families but where that's not possible they provide permanent care in one of their shelters, where they are given medical care as well as educational, creative and social opportunities. 

Dr Amit Sen, who started the charity's mental health programme, explained to the couple why this support is vital to help children coping with the trauma of life on the streets adapt to life in a nurturing environment.

Aides said the Duke and Duchess were particularly interested to see children's mental health being treated as a key priority in helping children to seek physical healthcare, shelter, and eventually education. Young people's mental health is a major focus of their charitable work. 

Official engagement: The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge changed into more formal wear for lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Official engagement: The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge changed into more formal wear for lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Good spirits: The royal couple shared a joke with the prime minister before joining the leader for lunch at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

Good spirits: The royal couple shared a joke with the prime minister before joining the leader for lunch at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

Demure: The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a mid-length teal dress with cut-out detailing for her lunch with the prime minister

Demure: The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a mid-length teal dress with cut-out detailing for her lunch with the prime minister

Prince William and Kate also met two Salam Baalak City Walk Guides. The Trust is famous for its city walks, guided tours of the Delhi streets by the children who used to live there before being rescued.

The tours provide revenue for the Trust, but more importantly allow the young people to tell their stories of hardship and survival as well as helping them with their English and communication skills.

Salaam Baalak Trust was set up in 1998 with the proceeds from the film Salaam Bombay, a film depicting the lives of vulnerable street children. 

The name Salaam Bombay means 'salutes the child'. Salaam Baalak Trust runs five children's shelters,which house over 500 children,and 13 contact points in and around Delhi, supporting children living and working on the streets.

The couple later had lunch with Indian Prime Minister Modi, leading to heightened speculation the issue of Indian firm Tata's decision to pullout of the British steel industry will be discussed.

They will then fly to Assam where they will spend two days in Kaziranga National Park to highlight rural and conservation issues.

As well as enjoying a safari in the World Heritage Site, which boasts tiger and the Rhinoceros Unicornis - Indian one-horned rhino - as elephant and swamp deer, they will take part in a colourful sunset ceremony.

Their visit comes at the time of the Bohag Bihu festival, the celebration of Assamese New Year. William and Kate will meet local people around a campfire and and watch dance and musical performances. They may even take part themselves.

Happy Birthday, Gran! Kate and William use a sword to cut a special cake for the Queen at a party to celebrate her 90th in New Delhi

Happy Birthday, Gran! Kate and William use a sword to cut a special cake for the Queen at a party to celebrate her 90th in New Delhi

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met hundreds of guests at the official garden party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
The special birthday cake in honour of The Queen

William paid tribute to the Queen, describing her as a 'wonderful great-grandmother' for his children and very much his 'boss'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the British High Commissioner's residence to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the British High Commissioner's residence in New Delhi to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at the end of the second day of their Royal visit to India

Guests of honour: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a reception at the British High Commissioner's residence in New Delhi to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at the end of the second day of their Royal visit to India

William was expected to speak to a large gathering of prominent Indians at the reception in tribute his grandmother

William was expected to speak to a large gathering of prominent Indians at the reception in tribute his grandmother

The Duke and Duchess will meet hundreds of guests from Indian society at the official garden party  celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday
The Duke and Duchess will meet hundreds of guests from Indian society at the official garden party  celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday

The Duke and Duchess will meet hundreds of guests from Indian society at the official garden party celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday



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