Prince William and Kate Visit the Taj Mahal

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 2:36 PM

William, thirty-three, and Kate, thirty-four, toured the majestic landmark and posed for photos. The duke and duchess' pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal evoked memories of William'south late mother, Princess Diana, who visited the same spot in one thousand nine hundred ninety-second.

Prince William and Kate Visit the Taj Mahal

Prince William and Kate visited the Taj Mahal today, completing one of the most anticipated stops of their week-long ride to India and Bhutan on behalf of Her Majesty'south Government.

William, thirty-three, and Kate, thirty-four, toured the majestic landmark and posed for photos.

The duke and duchess' pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal evoked memories of William'south late mother, Princess Diana, who visited the same spot in one thousand nine hundred ninety-second. In what's become one of the most iconic photographs of her life, Diana sat alone at the monument of love, as the Taj Mahal is known, while the Prince of Wales attended an event elsewhere in India.

That image, etched in the public'south mind, represented the collapse of the Wales' marriage. Within the year, Prince William'south parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, announced their separation.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge created "new memories" on their ride to India and Bhutan, their first royal ride to the countries. Unlike William'south parents, whose itineraries were largely separate, William and Kate are a couple very much in like who saw the two countries together.

The significance of William and Kate'south visit to the Taj Mahal was acknowledged in a statement on the royals' website prior to their departure.

The Duke of Cambridge is "of course alert of the enormous esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales, is held in India, and he appreciates the iconic status of the images that exist of The Princess at the Taj," the statement read. "He feels incredibly lucky to visit a space where his mother’s memory is kept lively by so many who travel there."

The statement continued, "twenty-four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this pretty space for themselves and creating some new memories as they declare thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of this tour."

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After their visit to the Taj Mahal, William and Kate will fly back to the United Kingdom, completing their high-profile tour.

The royals spent the past days in Bhutan, where they completed an hours-long hike to the Tiger'south Nest Monastery, met with the country'south king and queen, and tried their hand at Bhutan'south national sport, archery.

The couple started their tour in India, where they spent time meeting with local villagers, going on a safari, attending a gala, visiting national landmarks, and raising awareness around the plight of endangered animals.

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