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Signing the guest book.
Video: William and Kate at the Taj Mahal@ pic.twitter.com/fzMsRb59sS
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 16, 2016
This picture comes via Robert Jobson on Twitter.
From The Telegraph:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Taj Mahal, where the Duke has said he wants to “create new memories” for the Royal family. But it will be the image of the couple at “Lady Di’s chair” that will define their visit.
And the wide shot.
One of the first photos in, William and Kate on the bench.
Kate is also wearing the earrings we showed you yesterday.
Kate has recreated the Diana photo.
It looks like Carly of Kate Middleton Style Blog has found the dress.
Kate and William have arrived, Kate wears Naeem Khan, photo via Richard Palmer.
The Duke & Duchess will travel to the @TajMahal in environment friendly non polluting battery operated vehicle pic.twitter.com/pfqwA0JSVU — UK in India (@UKinIndia) April 16, 2016 More on today’s plans from the Hindustan Times:
Stringent security measures are in place at the Taj Mahal for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s visit to the monument on Saturday. The couple is expected to arrive at the iconic ‘monument of love’ late afternoon, at around 3:45 pm, and will fly to Delhi post dinner.
One of the biggest topics of discussion: will Kate and William sit on the bench where the famous photos of Princess Diana were taken? Back to the Hindustan Times:
Of the visits, Lady Diana’s visit remains most memorable, with her photograph sitting at a marble bench in front the Taj becoming iconic. Till date, the bench is called the Diana seat.
William and Kate will tour the famous building that has become a symbol of enduring love when they fly in from Bhutan.
Also from ITV, a bit of history:
The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century, a monument of love to his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and 20,000 men to erect the building from white marble transported from 200 miles away by elephants. The bench princess Diana sat on is being kept cool with a towel. Will William and Kate sit on it? #RoyalVisitIndiapic.twitter.com/RSfjLZBjeX — Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) April 16, 2016
A stock image.
A Palace spokesperson has talked about William’s desire to visit the iconic structure:
‘He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there.
‘Twenty four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of this tour.’