PASSAGE TO INDIA: Ahead of their official tour of India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted an event at Kensington Palace Wednesday evening.

The couple welcomed a group of Bhutanese and Indian residents of the U.K. to their London home, and also met with India’s high commissioner and members of Prince Charles’ Britain Asian Trust.

The duchess wore a blue and dotted floor-length gown with sheer panels by Saloni. Saloni Lodha is a London-based contemporary women’s wear designer who founded her brand in 2011.

The royals will head to Mumbai this weekend to start their weeklong tour. On Sunday, the couple plans to play cricket with children. Later that evening, they are to attend a Bollywood charity gala.