Prince William and Princess Kate are set to visit the iconic Taj Mahal at the end of their tour of India in April, Kensington Palace announced Friday.
The visit comes 24 years after Princess Diana made the same trip, which signaled her estrangement from husband Prince Charles. It was there in 1992 that the late princess posed for one of her most iconic photos, which depicted a lonely image of the beloved royal.
Just months after the photo was taken, Diana and Charles announced their separation.
William and Kate’s day at the historic landmark will come after a tour of the country, and immediately follow a visit to the neighboring kingdom of Bhutan, where they will meet new parents King Jigme and Queen Jetsun, who have been dubbed the “William and Kate of the Himalayas.”
The royal couple begins their tour – their first visit to India – in Mumbai on April 10 and then it’s on to New Delhi and Kaziranga before they make their way to Thimphu in Bhutan for two days. They will then head to the UNESCO heritage site of the Taj Mahal on April 16.
During their visit, William, 33, and Kate, 34, 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, their office said.
“[They] 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,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“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.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Simon Perry