British Royalty pays 3rd official visit to India to reinforce bonds

| Marketing | November 26, 2013 | News

British Royal couple, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla paid a nine-day visit to India this month. An initiative of the UK High Commission and United Kingdom Trade & Investments (UKTI), this was the couple's third official visit to India together to strengthen ties between the two countries. Having worked with UKTI for various other projects, Intergrid Worldwide was handed the mandate for business and networking reception which concluded the Pune leg of this event, scheduled on Nov. 10 at RWITC.

The visit included a broad range of engagements to promote a strong UK-India partnership in key areas such as conservation, education, growing business links, women's empowerment and training. They also expressed their support towards celebrating religious diversity, creativity and the vibrant individual family ties between the two countries.

The couple made their first pit stop at the Kirkee War Cemetery where they paid tribute to soldiers from Commonwealth countries, who fought World Wars I and II. Next, they paid a visit to the Serum Institute of India at Hadapsar, and saw the manufacturing facilities there. Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman of the facility, took Prince Charles on a guided tour of the facility.

The visit was rounded up with a reception organized at the Royal Western India Turf Club which had some eminent personalities like Rahul Bajaj, Cyrus Poonawalla and Shobha De as part of the attendees. The event was limited to around 80 couples from different parts of India. Prince Charles interacted with business leaders and entrepreneurs, and chatted with the media about his visit.

Speaking about the high level of planning involved in the event, Girish Kulkarni, President, Intergrid Worldwide, said: "The event was most important on five key areas - royalty, security protocol, venue, Indian protocol and permissions and finally the décor. The venue was short listed by the client as per the security norms post scrutinizing multiple venues. The outline brief was to maintain the natural look and feel of the venue while making it look classy. The key target was to host the guest at the Turf Club on a Sunday afternoon from 2:30 pm to 7 pm in the evening."

Kulkarni further elaborated on the challenges involved in execution, saying: "For such high profile events, the guests are usually before time and no one wanted to miss the networking drink and photo opportunity with the couple. One of the most critical acts of managing such events is the security. All vendors and their teams on site needed to be issued clearance from the city Police Department. Also, the venue had to be sanitized three hours prior to the event. Evidently, there was no space for Plan B or last minute errors."

After the India visit, the couple visited Sri Lanka to represent the Queen at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Intergrid Worldwide handled a networking reception with business leaders during the couple’s visit to Pune.

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