Prince William and Kate recreate Princess Diana's pose on bench at the Taj Mahal

Diana, Princess of Wales visited the Taj Mahal – one of the most famous symbols of India – some 24 years after, and now Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, were able to follow in her footsteps.

The couple flew in to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, from Bhutan, where they have spent the past couple of days on tour meeting the king and queen.

There were doubts whether William and Kate would recreate the same pose as Diana, who was famously pictured sitting on a bench outside the sacred monument in 1992.

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William and Kate sat on the same bench as Princess Diana.

However, keen to honour his mother and make his own special memories, William happily sat in the same spot as Diana, alongside his wife Kate.

The couple made their much anticipated arrival on Saturday afternoon, bringing their characteristic warmth and friendliness to the poignant engagement.

A visit to the Taj, one of the wonders of the world, is perhaps the most fitting way for the duke and duchess to say thank you to the people of India, who have made the couple feel so welcome over the past week.

Diana visited the Taj alone during a tour in 1992.

Kate paid tribute to her host country by wearing a white dress with navy embroidery by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan. The duchess was her usual radiant self, smiling and waving to onlookers as she arrived.

William is very much aware of the huge esteem in which his mother Diana is held in India and appreciates the iconic status of the photographs that exist of the princess at the Taj.

Kate was her usual radiant self in a navy and white dress.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace previously said that William feels "incredibly lucky" to visit a place where his mother's memory is kept alive by so many who travel there.

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