LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate will visit the Taj Mahal, where his mother princess Diana posed for one of her most famous photographs, when they visit India in April, royal officials said today.
The royal couple, who will not be bringing their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is also set to go to New Delhi, Mumbai and the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its rhinoceros and tiger populations.
Diana, who died in 1997 in a Paris car crash, was famously photographed outside the Taj Mahal, a monument to tragic love, in 1992 as her marriage to William’s father Prince Charles collapsed.
February 11th 1992 ~ Princess Diana makes a solo visit to the Taj Mahal, India, declaring it a "healing experience" pic.twitter.com/yeKe0eXSOd
— Diana Remembered (@DianaRemembered) February 11, 2016
William and Kate will arrive in India on April 10 before travelling to Bhutan on April 14 and returning to India on April 16, when they will visit the Taj Mahal.
It is the first time the royal couple has visited both countries.
“In India, the duke and duchess will see a variety of aspects of contemporary Indian life, focusing on young people, sport, entrepreneurship, Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life,” a statement from Kensington Palace said, using the couple’s formal titles.
“In Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very much looking forward to meeting Their Majesties The King and Queen of Bhutan, and continuing the relationship between their two families.”
The India visit was confirmed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Britain last year.