With an entourage of 11 accompanying them on the six-day tour to India and Bhutan, their carefully chosen elite entourage of aides will make sure every detail from blow dries to diplomatic issues are handled with due attention and care.
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Jetting on an overnight flight to Mumbai on April 10 will be Kate’s private secretary Rebecca Deacon and William’s private secretary Miguel Head. The pair organize the royal couple’s diary on a daily basis and are regularly by their side on official engagements and oversees tours.
Miguel Head and Prince William
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Natasha Archer, Kate’s personal assistant, will also be present. Known as “Tash” to pals, the royal PA will have had a busy few months preparing Kate’s tour wardrobe, which could feature as many as 20 different looks. Responsible for liaising with designers and calling in all of Kate’s outfits and accessories, Archer is regarded as Kate’s unofficial stylist by those in the know.
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On point for Kate’s hair: Amanda Cook Tucker. Having traveled with her on the 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia, the freelance stylist will be contending with frizzy weather conditions. (Temperatures could be as high as 95 degrees when the royals arrive!)
From left: Sir David Manning, President George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth in 2007.
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For diplomatic advice, William and Kate will look to Sir David Manning, an ex-British ambassador to the U.S who previously worked with former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Appointed as an advisor to William and Harry back in 2009, the former diplomat advises William, Kate and Prince Harry on foreign affairs.
Jason Knauf and Prince Harry
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Leading a four-person publicity team will be Jason Knauf, an American who was appointed communications secretary to the couple (and Prince Harry) last year. A tour secretary and operations manager are also expected to join the team.