The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Taj Mahal today – the scene where Princess Diana posed solo for photographers in 1992, fuelling rumours about the state of her marriage to Prince Charles, Sky News reports. William and Kate will tour the iconic building when they fly in from Bhutan later.
The Cambridges’ communications secretary Jason Knauf said: “The Duke of Cambridge is of course aware of the huge esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales is held in India and he appreciates the status of the images that exist of the Princess at the Taj. “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.” The photograph of William’s mother sitting alone in front of the Taj Mahal became a defining image and by the end of 1992 it was announced the couple had decided to separate.
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 visit brings to an end William and Kate’s seven-day tour of India and Bhutan which has seen them not only visit slums in Mumbai and meet Bollywood stars but forge a friendship with Bhutan’s Dragon King and his Queen.