The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, visited the Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday afternoon.
During the visit, the couple also had their photo clicked sitting at a marble bench in front of the Taj, called the Diana seat, made famous by a photograph of William’s mother, Lady Diana, a decade earlier.
Stringent security measures are in place for the royal visit but the monument of love is open to public as well.
Earlier, Archaeological Survey of India officials said due to exemption under protocol, the royal couple and their entourage will neither be required to purchase tickets nor undergo frisking at the entrance. They will use a separate pathway to Taj, where they will stay for about two hours.
While officials in-charge at the Taj speculated closing the monument to the public during the royal viewing, it was decided to keep it open. District magistrate Pankaj Kumar said all required security arrangements were in place.
The Duke and Duchess have been on a week-long tour to India from April 10, their first official visit to the country, and travelled to Mumbai, Delhi and Kaziranga National Park. The royal couple also flew to Bhutan on an invitation from King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The trip to Agra is enroute their way back to Delhi where the couple will conclude the seven-day trip.
To mark the Duke and Duchess’ visit to Agra, a local cafe is serving a special complimentary coffee, the Royal Duchess coffee to customers. The Sheroes Hangout café is run by acid attack survivors.