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Charles and Camilla pay respects to India’s fallen

Solemn moment: Charles at the war memorial PICTURE: AP

THE PRINCE of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have paid their respects to India’s war dead by laying a wreath at the nation’s war memorial.

Charles and Camilla attended a simple but poignant ceremony in New Delhi as their 11-day tour of south-east Asia and India came to an end yesterday.

At India Gate, the 137ft-high arch designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the prince placed flowers with a handwritten card that read: ‘In grateful remembrance — Charles.’ The couple stood in silence as a Gurkha bugler played the Last Post before briefly touring an exhibition about the monument. India Gate and shrines within it recognise the sacrifice of Indians who fought in the 1914-18 war, as well as other conflicts including the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

The royal visit was due to close with a reception at the High Commissioner’s residence

New Delhi was again shrouded by smog which descended earlier this week and led to health warnings.