PICS: Following in Diana's footsteps, British royals visit Taj Mahal

2016-04-18 12:23

India — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invoked nostalgia on Saturday as they sat and smiled for photos on the same marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal where Prince William's late mother, Princess Diana, had posed alone for a memorable 1992 photo.

Winding down their weeklong royal tour of India and Bhutan, William and his wife, were briefed by a guide as they entered the compound that houses the iconic monument to love.

William and Kate's visit was filled with symbolism. Comparisons will inevitably be made to Diana and the lonely figure she cut 24 years ago in front of the white marble mausoleum built by a Mughal emperor to entomb his beloved wife.

Newspaper headlines had suggested at the time that Diana was delivering a hidden message about the end of her marriage to Prince Charles. Four years later, the two announced their divorce.

Ahead of their visit, William and Kate's communications secretary, Jason Knauf, had told reporters in London that William "feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother's memory is kept alive by so many who travel there."

When asked on Saturday how to describe the Taj Mahal, William, on his first visit to India, replied, "Stunning."

Despite the scorching April temperatures — it was well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) — the royal couple smiled happily for photographs.

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(Photos: AP)

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