Taj Mahal pictures of duke and duchess create 'new royal narrative'

  • 16 April 2016
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Image copyright AFP

It was a day when a new royal narrative was written at India's Taj Mahal.

The Diana photographs captured isolation; a princess soon to loosen her ties to the monarchy.

Today, her son, a prince, brought his wife to the Indian monument to love - something his father promised and failed to do with his first wife.

Here was a duke and a duchess who appeared comfortable together and in their own skins.

Tourists at the World Heritage Site are told by their guides about the "Diana bench". It's a talk that will have to be updated. Fresh memories have been created.

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Diana Taj Mahal photo captured disintegrating marriage

  • 16 April 2016
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The Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal, in 1992 Image copyright Martin Keene

It was a photograph that captured a disintegrating marriage. A princess without her prince.

Prince Charles had promised - during a visit to Agra when a bachelor - to bring his bride to this romantic monument.

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Once-isolated Bhutan welcomes duke and duchess

  • 14 April 2016
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema Image copyright PA

The descent into Paro by plane, which has to navigate a mountainside, is not for the faint-hearted.

William and Kate are entering a once-isolated land.

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Prince William wants focus on rhinoceros extinction risk

  • 13 April 2016
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge standing up on the back of a jeep Image copyright AFP

When Prince Philip was in India with the Queen in 1961 he shot a tiger.

He and his wife posed for a picture in front of the spoils of his hunting.

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Chance to contrast urban and rural life

  • 12 April 2016
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Image copyright Reuters

This will be a chance for the Cambridges to contrast urban and rural life.

Leaving behind Mumbai and Delhi, they'll fly to the state of Assam and to Kaziranga National Park.

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Royal fever has not descended on India

  • 11 April 2016
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a picture at Indian Gate Memorial in New Delhi Image copyright Getty Images

One Mumbai newspaper headline has declared "Royal couple charms crowds".

Images of a future king and queen demonstrating their sporting, competitive edge have proved irresistible to many British newspapers and broadcasters.

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New Delhi provides opportunity to reflect

  • 11 April 2016
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Duke of Duchess of Cambridge pose for photographers as they arrive at charity gala in Mumbai on 10 April 2016 Image copyright Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first official visit to India moves on to New Delhi.

A ceremony at India Gate will be an opportunity to honour a sacrifice that was in the past overlooked in both Britain and India.

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Will Asian tour provide headlines boost?

  • 10 April 2016
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Artist Jagjot Singh Rubal puts the finishing touches to a painting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at his studio in Amritsar Image copyright EPA
Image caption Artist Jagjot Singh Rubal finishes a welcome message ahead of the royal visit

After some unflattering media coverage, the couple that represent the future of the British monarchy will be hoping that this tour will generate more positive headlines.

Prince William, an air ambulance pilot, has been accused of being "work shy" and "throne idle".

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Queen 'Brexit' story: A shift in how the papers portray the royals?

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Image caption The Queen's advisers are challenging whether the quotes justified the headline

It was a robust defence which offered the possibility of more to come to bolster the claim that it's a Eurosceptic Queen that reigns over us.

"It's also the case," Sun editor-in-chief Tony Gallagher told the BBC, "that we knew much more than we published and that remains the case."

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EU referendum: Palace voices 'regal displeasure' over Brexit claims

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It is unusual for the Queen to take action against a newspaper.

It is a sign of the depth of regal displeasure.

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