Kate fights wind at Indian monument

The Duchess of Cambridge almost suffered a Marilyn Monroe moment when a gust of wind blew her dress up as she paid her respects to India’s war dead at a national monument.

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Kate was able to catch the hem of her gown in time and save any embarrassment as she laid a wreath with husband Prince William at India Gate, the country’s war memorial.

But she was plagued by several strong gusts that not only sent her Emilia Wickstead outfit billowing into the air, but wrapped her hair around her face.

India Gate is a 42-metre-high arch designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the heart of New Delhi, but its open plan channelled the wind, turning a strong breeze into troublesome gusts.

The duchess managed to keep her composure throughout the sombre ceremony that honoured the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Army during World War I.

When the royals first arrived they walked slowly behind a large wreath made from marigolds and carried by two ceremonial soldiers. As they neared the centre of the arch, they took the floral tribute from the servicemen.

The monument and other 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.

As the Cambridges observed two minutes’ silence after three buglers had sounded the last post, the duchess clasped her hands in front of her as she held on to her dress.

Earlier the Duke of Cambridge showed off his culinary skills making a tasty Indian treat – thanks to an innovative labour-saving device.

William not only cooked a dosa – a savoury Asian snack similar to a crepe – using the automatic machine but was pleased with the results, describing his effort as delicious.

But he could not persuade wife Kate to have a nibble of the treat made by the DosaMatic machine.

The duke and duchess were given a demonstration of the device by its inventor Eshwar Vikas, 24, during a visit to The Social in Mumbai, a cafe and business centre used as a meeting place by young innovators.

William also sat behind the wheel of a racing car simulator and was left grinning by the experience, and both he and Kate put on blindfolds to use a Braille typing machine and spelled out the name of their son George.