Agra, April 7: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are all set for their maiden tour to India on April 10, few days before their wedding anniversary.
The UK's royal couple will visit one of the most beautiful historical monument of India-- Taj Mahal in Agra on April 16. They will arrive in Agra around 12:30 pm and will visit Taj Mahal at 4:00 pm, where they are expected to spend around two hours, accompanied by British delegation.
Presently, the minarets of Taj are undergoing some conservation work, for which iron rod scaffoldings have been erected around them. [Prince William and Kate to visit Taj Mahal during India trip]
According to a TOI report, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has turned down a British High Commission request to remove the scaffolding from the Taj Mahal to ensure that William and Kate, can pose for a perfect picture when they visit the monument.
ASI officials said that if they remove scaffoldings, then their months of hard work will go in vain and they will have to start from scratch.
It is yet to be confirmed whether other tourists will be allowed or not, during royal couple's visit to Taj Mahal. [Prince William, Princess Middleton to visit Assam]
Will-Kate will have their dinner in Agra, after which they will leave for New Delhi in a special flight at 10:00 pm and from there, they will board a commercial flight to London. [Pay more now to see Taj Mahal]
In 1992, the 'monument of love' was visited by Diana, Princess of Wales. Late Princess Diana had posed while sitting on a white marble bench, with Taj Mahal in background. The bench on which Princess Diana sat is known as "Diana bench".
Although Prince William has never visited India before, his father Prince Charles has carried out eight official royal tours to the nation, the most recent being a nine-day tour of Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi in November 2013. Queen Elizabeth last travelled to India in 1997.