US President Donald Trump has made what is arguably the “essential” rest stop of his state visit to India – the iconic Taj Mahal.
Mr Trump signed the main visitors book at the monolith, composing that the “Taj Mahal influences awe, a classic testament to the rich and varied charm of Indian culture.”
The US president and Very first Woman Melania Trump also received a directed tour of the 17 th Century monolith, developed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who passed away in childbirth.
Despite program, the “monolith of love” has actually always been an outright photo-op for every prominent visitor. Here are some of the most remarkable ones:
Melania Trump The lonesome royal
This image – of Princess Diana sitting alone on a marble bench with the Taj towering in the background – is one of the most famous involving the 17 th Century marble mausoleum.
She visited the monument in the city of Agra in February1992
She was alone as Prince Charles was on diplomatic work elsewhere in Agra. As she left, she apparently informed journalists waiting there that it was a recovery and interesting experience.
The image is typically viewed as a metaphor for the “loneliness” she was apparently feeling in her marriage at the time.
Tourists to the World Heritage Site are still informed by their guides about the “Diana bench”.
Melania Trump ‘ New memories’
Practically a quarter of a century later, in 2016, her kid, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, presented for a photo on the same bench with his other half, Kate Middleton.
Royal authorities stated the duke and duchess intended to forge brand-new memories.
At the time, the Cambridge’s communications secretary Jason Knauf stated: “The Duke of Cambridge is of course knowledgeable about the substantial esteem his mom, the late Princess of Wales, is held in India and he values the status of the images that exist of the Princess at the Taj.
” He feels exceptionally lucky to visit a place where his mom’s memory is kept alive by so numerous who travel there.”
Melania Trump Zuckerberg ‘checks in’ to the Taj
In 2015, Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, started his high-profile journey to India with a see to the Taj Mahal, a monolith he had “constantly desired to see”, he composed in a Facebook post from Agra.
” It is a lot more spectacular than I anticipated. It’s unbelievable what people can develop – and what love can inspire us to build,” he wrote.
He looked properly in awe as he gazed at the monolith – he was among 4.6 million visitors to it that year.
His next stop was Delhi where he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and spoke with university student at a leading university – he informed them that India would be important to getting “the next billion online”.
Melania Trump Love in the time of failed talks
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and his spouse, Sebha, visited the Taj in 2001, when Gen Musharraf was in Agra for a historical bilateral summit.
The contested region of Kashmir – which India and Pakistan have actually contested since independence from Britain in 1947 – was among the topics of discussion. Both nations declare the region in its entirety, but only control parts of it.
” The Taj Mahal will be a motivating sign in the background,” Pakistan’s high commissioner stated prior to the talks.
Although the summit left to a positive start, it was not effective. It’s still considered to be one of “the best missed chances” in bringing peace in between India and Pakistan.
But Gen Musharraf found the time to go to Agra’s most well-known landmark.
Melania Trump Howzzat!
The 2nd test match of the 2001 Australia-India series decreased in history as one of the best fightbacks in the history of cricket.
Australia had actually seemed predestined to take the match after the very first innings. However India came back from the brink to beat Australia by 171 runs, ending their record 16 match-winning streak.
However that dissatisfaction didn’t stop the touring team from visiting the Taj Mahal.
Absolutely nothing like a monolith of love to take your mind off a loss on the field.
Real Life. Real News. Real Voices
Help us tell more of the stories that matterBecome a founding member
Melania Trump ‘ A day in the life’
George Harrison, the guitarist for the Beatles, went to the Taj in 1966 when he was23
He took this photograph of himself at the monolith, long prior to selfies were a thing.
According to regional reports, Harrison likewise visited the cities of Mumbai (then called Bombay) and Delhi, where he purchased himself a traditional Indian sitar.
Melania Trump A tender minute for Russia’s strongman
In October 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin went to the Taj Mahal with his spouse, Lyudmila.
The two, nevertheless, separated in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.
Mr Putin’s check out, where he signed a statement of a “tactical partnership” with India, was hailed as a “historical action” in the relationship between the two nations.
Melania Trump The Eisenhower moment
Former US President Dwight Eisenhower checked out the Taj in December 1959 – he was the first United States head of state to go to India, and showed up in the nation to a hero’s welcome.
He rode to the monolith in an open Cadillac, cheered by crowds in the streets.
Eisenhower’s check out to the monument of love was even more poignant as then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru declared that he had taken a “small piece of India’s heart”.
In plain contrast, Agra was under total lockdown when Donald Trump visited, ferried around in his armour-laden automobile nicknamed the Monster.
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe