Prince charming bowls city over

Published: 11 November, 2013 02:14 IST | A Correspondent |

The royal couple reached the city at 1.45 pm by air from Mumbai. The city tour began with the visit to Kirkee War Cemetery (KWC) to pay homage to slain soldiers from the world wars.

After this, Charles and Camilla moved to Serum Institute of India. The city journey was completed with a visit to Royal Western India Turf Club. 

Pic/Krunal Gosavi

In the morning, the couple had visited St John Evangelist Church in Mumbai. Even though they did not interact with the press during the KWC visit, an accompanying official said, “This is so peaceful, especially after Mumbai.”

Shireen Mistry, head (communication and public affairs) of the British Deputy High Commission, said, “The Pune visit by the royal family was comfortable and concluded according to schedule.”

Around 4 pm Charles came to the turf club alone. He was here for around 40 minutes, during which he interacted with some corporates and socialites.
The prince just had tea during the trip.

Those present included chairman of Bajaj Group Rahul Bajaj, founder of Cybage Software Arun Nathani with wife Ritu Nathani, MD of Gera Developments Rohit Gera, author and socialite Shobhaa De, socialites Yohan and Michelle Poonawala, Chairman and MD of Panchshil Realty Atul Chordia, etc.  

It was an amazing experience to converse with him. He spoke to everyone present, though it was quite sunny. The Prince is very down to earth.
— Rohit Gera

It was a really short meeting, but a good one. I told him I run an IT firm with a branch in UK
— Arun Nathani

The best part was he spoke to everyone, and he has a very a charming personality that attracts the attention of all people.
— Atul Chordia

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