As the world’s richest Indian, Mukesh Ambani is more used to being wined and dined, but the Reliance Industries mogul and his wife Nita turned host for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in Mumbai on Saturday night.
The royal couple were guests of honour at a glittering charity dinner where guests included Bollywood power couple Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol and industrialist Ratan Tata.
Charles and Camilla were also joined at the head table by Piramal Group founder Ajay Piramal and Yes Bank Managing Director Dr Rana Kapoor.
The event was held at Mumbai’s plush Oberoi hotel and was organized in conjunction with Charles’ British Asian Trust, which aims to encourage members of India’s ever-expanding wealthy elite to give more to charitable initiatives such as those spearheaded by the Trust.
Mr Ambani heads the Trust’s’ India Advisory Council.
Three Indian charities that have benefited from the Trust were honoured at the event, including one which helps vulnerable girls gain access to education and healthcare and a school dedicated to educating women in several rural areas of the country.
Prince Charles – who turns 65 on Thursday – impressed the audience by referring to the Duchess as his “Mehbooba” and spoke of his affection for India.
The Prince alluded to his beloved uncle, Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India and joked that whilst Britain had given India cricket, India had reciprocated with Sachin Tendulkar.
Earlier in the day the couple had visited a refuge for children in the city and had paid tribute to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai.
On Sunday the Prince and the Duchess will attend a gala Bollywood industry dinner after taking part in a Remembrance Day service in Mumbai.
It is the third official visit to India by the couple and their longest tour yet, taking in a number of cities over nine days.
On Friday the Charles and Camilla will travel to Sri Lanka where the Prince will represent the Queen at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.