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British royals visit Gandhi Smriti

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New Delhi: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on Monday visited Gandhi Smriti, a museum where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last few days of his life before being assassinated.

Gandhi Smriti, housed in the Old Birla House in New Delhi, is the place where Mahatma Gandhi lived from September 9, 1947 to January 30, 1948. It treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life.

The complex also includes the prayer ground where Mahatma Gandhi used to hold mass prayers every evening. It was here where Nathuram Godse shot Gandhi ji when he arrived for his daily prayers on January 30, 1948.

A stone plaque is installed in the garden bearing Gandhiji’s last word words ‘Hey Ram’.

The museum officials also showed the couple a giant bronze statue of Gandhiji and the spinning wheel or charkha, used by Gandhiji for spinning yarn from natural or synthetic fibre.

Prince William and Kate Middleton started off their week-long trip to India on Sunday by visiting Mumbai attacks memorial and the slums where they played cricket with youngsters. They also took part in a fund raising programme where several Bollywood actors were present.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to host a lunch for them on Tuesday.

The royal couple will then leave for Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Wednesday. The royal couple will then travel to Bhutan for two days beginning April 14.

On April 16, they will visit Taj Mahal in Agra before flying back to Britain. (ANI)

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