AGRA: Prince William and Kate are visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra in the last leg of their week long India-Bhutan trip.
The royal couple spent 45 minutes at the Taj and called it “stunning” on their first glimpse of the monument.
William was dressed in a pair of brown trousers and a white shirt while Kate wore a white dress with a floral pattern as the mercury soared to 40 degrees Celsuis.
The couple even got photographed sitting on the ‘Diana seat’ – a marble seat made famous by William’s mother Princess Diana when she visited the Taj in 1992.
Taj Mahal was the final stop in the week-long trip for the royal couple. The couple entered the Taj premises at 3.40 pm and left at 4.25 for the Amar Vilas hotel where they would have dinner before they fly off for Delhi at 10 pm.
Princess Diana was photographed at the Taj Mahal in 1992, reports NDTV. Prince William and his wife Kate are visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, the monument of love that carries poignant echoes for Britain’s royal family.
The couple appreciated the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for maintaining the monument but did not write any comment in the visitors’ book. Due to an exemption under protocol, the royal couple neither bought tickets nor underwent any frisking at the gates. They took a separate pathway than the one used by the common public.
The Taj Mahal holds a special significance for the young royals, with Kensington Palace saying Prince William feels “incredibly lucky” to visit a site where his mother’s memory is so alive.
When Princess Diana was photographed sitting alone outside the Taj in 1992, it sparked much media speculation and later became a symbol of her failing marriage.
The Agra visit comes at the end of a whirlwind week that saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge feed baby rhinos in Assam and trek to a mountain monastery in Bhutan — retracing the footsteps of Prince Charles.
Waiting for them in Agra is a 73-year-old fan whose family memories stretch back even further, to the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1961.
“I have been dreaming of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ever since I got to know they would be coming to the Taj,” Surendra Sharma told AFP.
Sharma’s late uncle Kailash Nath Sharma, a keen photographer whose studio in the city is still thriving, took several black-and-white pictures of the Queen and Prince Philip.
In one, the Queen is shown dressed in an elegant overcoat and a knee-length dress, sitting next to her husband in an open-top car.
Musafir Namah Bureau, agencies