India is currently entertaining a bevy of European royalty at the capital as they visit to strengthen bilateral relationships. However, the royalties have been greeted by a not so incredible side of India for the Delhi smog played truant as the royalties attempted to shake hands amidst heavy smog. The most celebrated royalty in the world and our colonial forefathers, the British monarchy represented by Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, got a whiff of the smog when greeted by President Kovind, his wife and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Before the British royals came the Belgium royals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde who are on a seven day long tour with a delegation of 90 business head from the country. They too were greeted by the smog when a ceremonial parade to welcome them in Rashtrapati Bhavan had the hazy tint of the smog. Photographers at the event were left in a daze not by the polluted smog but due to its power to make pictures blurry making it a debacle for the media on Tuesday.
Delhi: Belgium's King Philippe meets President Ram Nath Kovind; Queen Mathilde, PM Modi & other dignitaries also present. pic.twitter.com/zsYJUufHBf
— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2017
A similar re-run happened on Wednesday with the British royals when they landed in New Delhi in their RAF plane for the last leg of their 11 day tour of Asia. Prince Charles seemed to squint to shake hands with Indian dignitaries in the open air. The smog made for a natural filter for the pictures as yet again photographers when tizzy trying to click pictures.
— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) November 8, 2017
Twitteratti set to the task with those aware of London’s history of hazardous smog connecting Delhi’s smog as a memory for Prince Charles as he last experienced them in the 50’s. Rest called it a nature’s revenge for their forced colonialism.
— Maanvi (@MaanviNarcisa) November 8, 2017
Bravery Award to Prince Charles and Camilla for daring to visit Delhi right now pic.twitter.com/pT3rUJ8dG5
— Shilpa Rathnam (@shilparathnam) November 8, 2017
— Saptarshi Ray (@Saptarshi_Ray) November 8, 2017