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Taj Mahal decks up for royal visit

The famous Diana seat by the central pool at Taj Mahal has been repaired

AGRA:   The Taj Mahal is being given a makeover for the royal rendezvous, the much touted Diana seat by the central pool has been repaired, and the staircase has got a fresh coat of paint.

The Taj Mahal is ready to host the British royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on Saturday, reports India Today.

According to the schedule released, the royal couple will be having lunch and dinner at hotel Amar Vilas in Agra. Subsequently, they will visit the Taj Mahal around 4.00 pm. After the visit, the couple will leave for Delhi late in the evening by a special chartered aircraft.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will not be a part of the band of dignitaries set to welcome the Royal duo, as reported by media and hoardings put up earlier.

The Taj Mahal is being given a makeover for the royal rendezvous, the much touted Diana seat by the central pool has been repaired, and the staircase was given a fresh coat of paint.

On Friday, municipal workers were seen breaking a sweat, cleaning the whole area in and around Taj Ganj.

The almost 10 km long stretch of road from Kheria airport to Amar Vilas has been spruced up and barricades are ready to be placed to cordon off traffic when the dignitaries pass the heavily guarded Mall road.

“Clearly there is no excitement among the people here, for whom they remain symbols of imperialism that subjugated India for over two centuries. Although the media is trying hard to hype the visit of the royal couple. For us it is like any other VIP visit,” commented social activist Shravan Kumar Singh.

William and Kate are following in the stead of Princess Diana, William’s mother who visited the symbol of love 24 years ago.

The Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in 1631 is regarded as an epitome of love and is one of the seven wonders of the world.

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