Royal Tour: Fresh Memories At The Taj Mahal


Diana Princess of Wales sits in front of the Taj Mahal during a visit to India.

However, Diana’s pic came at a time when her marriage to William’s dad Prince Charles had crumbled, and in her 1992 snap she appeared to be lost and forlorn in the monument known as the ‘monument of love.’ That image became symbolic of the devastation of their marriage. It was a spectacular end to a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan that has included one of the most eclectic itineraries ever on a royal excursion overseas. She separated from Prince Charles in November 1992, nine months after her visit to the Taj.

Britain’s Prince William, along with his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Knowing how important it was to the Duke and Duchess, an official statement was released on their website reflecting Princess Diana’s relationship with India.

William was dressed in a pair of brown pants and a white shirt while Kate wore a white dress with blue floral patterns designed by Indo-American fashion designer Naeem Khan. Diana was killed in an automobile crash in Paris in 1997.

William, 33, and Kate, 34, toured the majestic landmark and posed for photos.

Day four of the royal visit had the Duke and Duchess go to the Kairanga National Park see efforts there to rescue and rehabilitate animals, particularly elephants.

William’s visit to India has been quite different from his mother’s.

The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th Century as a monument of love to his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

“They made the decision because it is what all visitors to the Taj Mahal do – they sit on the bench with the ideal symmetry of the building behind them”.

The couple’s tour guide told reporters after their visit that Kate had established to be more focused on the romantic history of the Taj Mahal than anything else because she thought it was the ideal place to visit ahead of their wedding anniversary. The week-long trip – which they’re taking on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, who turns 90 on April 21 – was the first in either country for both of them.

They then flew to neighbouring Bhutan for two days, at the invitation of its King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, before flying back to visit the Taj Mahal.


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