While Kate Middleton has a closet full of designer clothes to wear, it was a $7 pair of earrings that caught her eye at a tourist shop during her hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Middleton wore the souvenir jewelry as she toured the Taj Mahal with Prince William the following day.
The blue earrings aren’t the first accessory the Duchess picked up on her trip. While visiting Bhutan, Kate was gifted a delicate gold necklace by Jetsun Pema, the Queen of Bhutan, which Kate proudly wore the following day. Kate Middleton’s wardrobe during her trip to India and Bhutan have been the subject of much worldwide speculation, and E! News reports that her entire wardrobe, $7 earrings included, cost upwards of $50,000.
At the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Kate Middleton confessed to Us Weekly magazine that although she and her husband have enjoyed their trip, they are excited to return to their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
“Massively, yes, of course [we miss them],” Kate revealed, adding that “we’re looking forward to seeing them. They’re in good hands.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William have been visiting India and Bhutan since April 10, and finished their trip with a tour of the Taj Mahal. The landmark has a special significance for Prince William.
In 1992, his mother, Princess Diana, visited the Taj Mahal, and had her photograph taken seated on a bench in front of the landmark. The iconic photo circulated worldwide, and the bench is now known as “Diana’s bench,” and is a popular tourist attraction.
Naturally, Kate and William visited Diana’s bench, and posed for their own photo on the spot. In the casual snapshot, Middleton and her husband look relaxed and happy as they smile and pose on the bench for the camera.
Although the famous photo of Princess Diana is well-known worldwide, “[f]or the Duke of Cambridge, his mother’s visit to the Taj Mahal is not a particularly strong memory at all,” a source revealed to People. Instead, this visit to India has been about Kate and her husband making their own memories together, since William “has many other memories of his mother that are much more important to him.”
Indeed, the tour guide who showed Kate Middleton and William around the Taj Mahal told reporters that Kate was entranced by the romantic history of the Taj Mahal, and mentioned that Middleton thought the landmark was the perfect place to visit ahead of her wedding anniversary on April 29. According to the guide, Kate and William “were shocked that I know about [their anniversary], but you know, the Internet,” he explained, adding that Middleton “said this is the perfect thing to do before their wedding anniversary… She was quite happy about it.”
The tour guide, who was particularly selected by the British High commission to give the tour to Middleton and her husband, also mentioned that it was a “romantic day for them.” Both Kate and William were fascinated by the story of the Taj Mahal, including the love that made the king build the monument to his queen.
According to the guide, Kate was “quite emotional when she came to know that the queen died at the very young age of 39,” adding that Middleton said the monarch “she really deserves this kind of building as they were madly in love with each other.”
Although the guide was “quite nervous” about teaching his famous guests about the monument, Kate and William “were very normal, down to earth,” and Kate especially was “very enthusiastic about how this was built.” Middleton was “quite fascinated how it was done four centuries back,” and was curious “about the skills of those people and did they do it without using any modern tools and techniques.”
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