New Delhi: "She might be the grandmother but she is the boss," this is how Duke of Cambridge Prince William described Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, while giving little insight into the Royal family.
Speaking at a reception in Delhi, Prince William said his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were "lucky" to have her as their great grandmother and that she will remain a role model for them for life.
On his current India visit acompanied by his wife Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Prince William said he was "incredibly impressed" how the country was on the move where "dynamism" was "matched" with warmth and welcome.
A message of the Queen was also read out at the reception in which she said she has wonderful memories of India and that Monday's event was reflective of the enduring friendship and shared culture between the two countries.
Prince William said he was happy to convey that another generation of the family continued to hold views similar to that of the Queen.
India's contribution to the Commonwealth is enoromously important. He said the Queen is turning 90 shortly and it will not be wrong to say that the reception is a tribute to her.
The reception, hosted in honour of the Royal couple by British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith was attended by politicians, diplomats and socialites among others.
The Duchess, wearing a brown dress with black embroidery, mostly faced queries about her experince in playing a cricket match in Mumbai on Sunday along with Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game's greats.
While Middleton replied to the questions by the guests, she mostly sought to know from them about their areas of
Speaking on the occasion, the British High Commissioner offered condolence to families of those killed in the Kerala temple tragedy.
The politicians who attended the reception included Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Ministers Dinesh Trivedi, Farooq Abdullah and Pallam Raju.
The Royal couple had played cricket with Tendulkar in a Mumbai park on Sunday on the first day of their India visit.
The couple, who arrived in Delhi on Monday, visited the India Gate and laid a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I.
They also visited Gandhi Smriti in Delhi and and paid tribute to the father of the nation.