A glamorous blonde royal sits demurely on a bench for a photograph, against a backdrop of the jaw-dropping Taj Mahal

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Queen Mathilde of Belgium recreates one of the most famous photographs ever taken of Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal with her affectionate husband King Philippe in tow

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium are on a state visit to India
Royal couple posed for a snap on the bench outside the Taj Mahal in Agra
Photo echoed infamous snap of a solitary Princess Diana taken in 1992

Queen Mathilde's photograph on the bench outside the Taj Mahal called to mind the famous picture of a solitary Diana outside the building in 1992
Queen Mathilde’s photograph on the bench outside the Taj Mahal called to mind the famous picture of a solitary Diana outside the building in 1992

A glamorous blonde royal sits demurely on a bench for a photograph, against a backdrop of the jaw-dropping Taj Mahal.

But the woman in the frame is not Princess Diana, who was so famously captured outside the building in 1992, but Queen Mathilde of Belgium, photographed on Monday during a royal tour of India.

The photo of a solitary Diana sitting outside the famous monument to lost love, having been expected to be accompanied by her then husband, Prince Charles, made front pages around the globe.

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe are seen emerging from a jet after touching down in New Delhi on Sunday night
Queen Mathilde and King Philippe are seen emerging from a jet after touching down in New Delhi on Sunday night

Queen Mathilde, meanwhile, had her husband King Philippe in tow for a guided tour of the iconic landmark.

The Belgian royals arrived in India overnight on Sunday for a seven day state visit.
Their tour aims to boost relations between the two countries, with a focus on ramping up investment and trade.

The Belgian monarchs, who have four children, are currently in India for a state visit
The Belgian monarchs, who have four children, are currently in India for a state visit

After being snapped stepping onto the tarmac in New Delhi on Sunday night, Queen Mathilde and King Philippe kicked off their schedule of engagements with a visit to one of the jewels in India’s crown, the Taj Mahal, on Monday.

They looked affectionate as they posed for photographers on the bench outside the building, with the King placing a hand on Mathilde’s as they sat side by side, and putting his arm around her as they stood for another shot.

Queen Mathilde was joined by her husband King Philippe of Belgium for a guided tour
Queen Mathilde was joined by her husband King Philippe of Belgium for a guided tour

Although she was accompanied by her husband on the visit, the images of the blonde queen on the famous bench inevitably calls to mind the photograph of Diana taken in the same spot 25 years ago.

It was taken during her visit to India with Prince Charles in 1992.

The photograph of Princess Diana outside the world's most famous monument to lost love made front pages around the globe in 1992
The photograph of Princess Diana outside the world’s most famous monument to lost love made front pages around the globe in 1992

The couple had been expected to visit the Taj together, but Diana eventually arrived alone, and posed for a photograph on a bench outside – a lone figure in front of the iconic building – that became the defining image of the tour.

The photograph took on extra significance when Prince Charles and Diana, who wed in 1981 in a fairytale ceremony watched by millions around the globe, separated.

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

Tags: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, Royals, British Royals, Royal Family, Taj Mahal

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