Prince William and Kate to follow in Princess Diana's steps during India tour

Prince William and Kate will visit the Taj Mahal during their tour of India, it has been announced. Their excursion to the sacred landmark on 16 April will no doubt strike a chord with the Duke and Duchess; it comes 24 years after the late Diana, Princess of Wales made the same visit.

Royal watchers will be interested to see if William and Kate choose to pose for photos in the same spot as the Princess.

When Diana visited the sacred mausoleum in February 1992, she sat on a white marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal, and the snap of her having a moment to herself drew much comment.


Kate and William will visit the Taj Mahal on 16 April

While William and Kate will be following in the footsteps of the Duke's mother, one notable difference is that the couple will visit the Taj Mahal together. The Cambridges are also expected to attend most engagements side-by-side, as they travel around Mumbai, Delhi and Assam in April.

Back in 1992, Princess Diana flew over with her husband Prince Charles, but the couple had vastly conflicting schedules. On the day that Diana arrived at the Taj Mahal alone, the future King was attending a business meeting which couldn't be rescheduled.

Faced with around 30 to 40 reporters, Diana happily posed for photographs but then had a moment to herself, moving to a spot a little further away and turning her back to the cameras.

"It was a fascinating experience – very healing," said Diana

When she came back, she was asked how she felt being at the Taj Mahal. "It was a fascinating experience – very healing," said Diana.

When pressed for more, she smiled and simply said: "Work it out for yourself."

Looking back, royal watchers have said that Diana's beautiful solo portrait sitting alone outside the Taj Mahal became a hint of what was to come. The Princess and Prince Charles announced their separation ten months later and they were officially divorced in 1996.

The Cambridges will leave their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at home

A Kensington Palace spokesman said of William and Kate's upcoming visit: "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to their tours of India and Bhutan. Their visit to India will be an introduction to a country that they plan to build an enduring relationship with.

"They will pay tribute to India's proud history, but also are keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of young Indian people and the major role they will play in shaping the 21st century.

"This tour, coming shortly before The Queen's 90th birthday, will also allow the Duke and Duchess to pay tribute to Her Majesty's huge contribution to diplomacy in Britain and the Commonwealth."

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