Hold-ups on country roads in Britain are usually caused by sheep but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge found themselves stuck behind a rhino while on an Indian safari.
The rare one-horned rhino was given a wide birth when it was spotted ahead of William and Kate’s jeep on a forest track in Kaziranga National Park.
The couple gasped as they caught sight of the huge animal just 50 yards away and Kate said: “This is amazing.”
William added: “It’s amazing to be this close.”
The couple toured the park in remote Assam in an open-topped 4×4, catching sight of elephants and monkeys.
Kate wore skinny jeans with a casual spotty shirt, while William dressed down in chinos and a khaki shirt.
Kaziranga is a World Heritage Site which is a wildlife conservation area of global importance.
It is home to elephants, water buffalo, the endangered swamp deer, tigers, and two-thirds of the world’s population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
William has been campaigning for a number of years to protect endangered animals, but on Tuesday park officials said another rhino had been poached, bringing the number killed in Kaziranga this year to six.
William and Kate’s visit specifically focuses on global attention on conservation and they are learning how villagers live alongside threatened wildlife.