Hailsham MP Nus Ghani sang the praises of her Wealden constituency when she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Ms Ghani attended a Buckingham Palace reception, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, to celebrate the beginning of the UK-India Year of Culture.
She said, “This was a wonderful celebration of the strong ties between the UK and India, and it was an honour to attend. The number of royals in attendance showed how important that relationship is.
“I was particularly delighted to meet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I was able to speak about the delights of my Wealden constituency, as well as the work I have just started doing with government to improve the number of apprenticeships available to young people.
“The Duke and Duchess themselves do fantastic work with young people, particularly at the moment on mental health, and we spoke extensively about the links between the issues.”
The 2017 year of culture includes a programme of events and exhibitions which will take place in both UK and India, in partnership with the British Council, the Indian High Commission in London, UK institutions and their Indian counterparts.
The aim is to connect and inspire people to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
Guests were treated to Indian-themed performances and an Indian menu of canapés made by royal chefs working alongside chefs from Veeraswamy, the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant.
A huge projection was shone on to the façade of Buckingham Palace, featuring a peacock as the national bird of India. Within the feathers, dancing figures could be seen.
As well as The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the reception was attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Eugenie. The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was also present, as were figures from the British Indian cultural community.