Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Taj Mahal back on Saturday, Royal couple made sure that they don’t disappoint the thousands who had gathered in at the scorching heat to see one of the most highly anticipated photo opportunities of the year. Few years back Princess Diana famously sat on a bench which is now named after her, William and Kate did re-enactment the same thing that prince’s late mother’s did, which was captured in an iconic image and took their places in front of the monument know for love. The couple had apparently only made the decision to sit on the bench, also known as “Lady Diana’s chair,” on Saturday morning. Kate, wearing a simple yet elegant white dress with a royal blue embroidered motif by Famous Indian designer Naeem Khan and her trademark nude patent high heels, bent her knees towards her husband who had taken off his signature Ray-Ban sunglasses to pose for the shutterbags.
It was a picture that captured the happiness and a stark contrast to the lonely Diana who sat at the exact place in February 1992 when the image signalled the end of her marriage. Back then she described the experience as “very healing thing that had happened to her.” William described his Saturday visit as an “overwhelming” however avoided mentioning his mother while talking to reporters: “It’s a beautiful place, stunning designs in there.” The Duchess was also quite impressed with their 15-minute tour. “It’s has been an incredible experience to learn about the romance of the building and its really incredible architecture,” she told reporters. Royal commentators described William’s decision to honour his mother’s memory by sitting on the bench as brave. While the image has been inevitably drawn comparisons to the past, aides for the Duke say that he wanted to use the visit to create new memories that they can take back. “They wanted to come to the Taj because it is one of the wonders of the world,” said a source close to the couple. “The Duke is completely aware of the history of this place with his family, and he appreciates that a lot of people who come here have his mother in mind. . . But this is about the future for them, it’s about looking forward and creating new memories.” For the 25,000 tourists there Saturday, it is likely to be a day they will never forget, nor William and Kate. It was a spectacular end to a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan that has included one of the most eclectic itineraries ever on a royal excursion overseas. The Cambridges are looking forward to being reunited with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte Sunday morning. They leave having written a new chapter in royal history and a new legacy of their own.