None for Me, Thanks! Princess Kate Waves Off Prince William's Tasty Treat on Second Day of India Tour

Royal Visit to India: Princess Kate Declines Prince William's Tasty Dosa
Prince William tries a dosa, a traditional South Asian pancake, after making the treat with a new machine at a technology fair in Mumbai on Monday
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updated 04/11/2016 AT 08:15 AM EDT

originally published 04/11/2016 AT 07:50 AM EDT

Prince William and Princess Kate made it clear who was on their minds on their second day of their tour of India on Monday.

At a technology event in Mumbai, the royals – blindfolded – were asked to spell out a word on an innovative new Braille machine. The word the young parents wrote? George, the name of their youngest son, who remains at home in England – along with little sister Princess Charlotte.

Later, William tested out a machine invented by a company from Bangalore that makes dosas, traditional South Asian pancakes.

Only last week, William and Kate were talking about the prospect of sampling the spicy cuisine of India.



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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got a first-hand glimpse of some of the innovation in India during a visit to a tech cafe in Mumbai on Monday

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William seemed to love the tasty result. His wife, however, waved away his offer to sample the treat.

Kate wore a cream dress by one of her go-to designers, Emilia Wickstead, for the visit to The Social, a cafe and business center used as a meeting place by Mumbai's young innovators.



The visit showcased the entrepreneurial spirit of the bustling city of more than 20 million. It came a day after their visit to charities that help vulnerable and underprivileged youth, many of whom live in the city's slums.



The dosa that William enjoyed was from a machine invented by Eshwar Vikas, the 24-year-old CEO of Mukunda Foods. Vikas showed the couple his "dosamatic machine," a device of his own invention that makes pancakes, crepes, dosas and even omelets automatically – just load it with batter. It can even be controlled via a smartphone app.

William poured batter onto the hotplate of the machine and waited while it cooked and rolled up the crisp dosa and pushed it onto a plate. He then took a small bite from on end, and told Vikas it was tasty.

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Vikas told reporters, "The Duke told me he and the Duchess love dosas and he said it was a wonderful machine. He said they would love to have one in their palace and the Duchess said that because you can also use it to make pancakes the whole of London will want one."

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Prince William played a racing game in a replica of a car at The Social cafe

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William and Kate also met the team behind Mahindra Racing, an Indian-backed motor racing team that competes in the Formula E championship for F1-style electric cars. And William sat in a racing car simulator and grinned as he drove around the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi, managing a lap time of 2 minutes and 6 seconds.

Isaias Sousa Valero, one of the team's technicians, said, "It's a good lap time. He is a really nice driver and he could come and drive for us anytime with a bit more training."

Before they left, William made a short address to launch an awards program called the Tech Rocketship Awards. As he made his way to a lectern, he quietly teased Kate, "Do you want to do it?" She laughed and said no.

The Duke began by putting his hands together in the traditional Indian greeting, and said "Namaste Mumbai!" – meaning, "Hello Mumbai."

"Catherine and I are very impressed by the energy and ideas we have just seen. Being here today, it is clear that India is leading the way in so many areas of innovation and technology. Your ability to innovate is not just good news for India but it’s great news for the world. With one sixth of the world’s population, young innovators like you must play a major role," he said.

He then pressed a button which set off a series of exploding pinatas filled with metallic foil confetti. He joked: "All this innovation and we get this!"

Later on Monday, the couple will arrive in New Delhi where they will visit Mahatma Gandhi’s former home and mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday at a special party.
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