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Prince William’s visit to the Taj Mahal was bound to be nostalgic and tinged with memories after the mausoleum provided the stunning backdrop to one of the most iconic pictures of his late mother.
And visiting the historic building on Saturday and posing with Kate on the same marble bench as Princess Diana appeared to have left the Duke feeling emotional.
He was seen wiping the corner of his right eye as he and the Duchess left the landmark which is symbol of eternal love – but became one of the iconic images of Diana’s failed marriage to Prince Charles 24 years ago.
In the photos believed to be taken after his visit to the bench, William is seen bringing his hand up to the side of his face as we walked with his back to the cameras.
He then put on his sunglasses, perhaps to hide his emotional display.
The Duchess is also reported to have become ’emotional’ during the visit after hearing stories of the landmark’s past.
Their tour guide, Rizwan Mohammed, said that the story behind the Taj Mahal had touched the royal.
He said: ‘[She got] quite emotional when she came to know that the queen died at the very young age.
‘She said, “She really deserves this kind of building as they were madly in love with each other,” The prince was laughing.’
The royal pair brought their tour of India to a poignant close sitting on the same marble bench as Diana had in 1992.
The image of Diana looking forlorn and alone as her marriage to Prince Charles crumbled was a sign to the world that their’s was a union beyond repair.
It could not be in starker contrast from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tender display of affection between as they prepare to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on the 29th of this month.
William guided Kate and sat down for a small group of waiting photographers in a bid, he said, to ‘create some memories of our own’. The couple’s farewell to India could not have been more meaningful as they sat together, knees touching, beaming for the assembled photographers.
The couple arrived at the landmark monument at 3.40pm accompanied by a guide they earlier had lunch with at the nearby Oberoi hotel.
Then they walked through the famous garden, before William guided Kate to the bench and they sat down.
As they left the prince told nearby photographers and workers: ‘I’m glad you have got your hats on. It is beautiful, isn’t it. It was overwhelming. ‘
The royal then replaced his sunglasses in an effort to conceal his emotion while he was accompanied by his ever loyal wife