Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Couple to Honeymoon at Later Date

Royal Couple to Honeymoon at Later Date

Apr 30th 2011 – 9:15AM
CBC News
Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to embark on their honeymoon at a later date and will spend the weekend at a private location in the U.K., royal officials say.

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Buckingham Palace in London late Saturday morning and boarded a helicopter, walking hand in hand to the helipad, where they stopped to greet staff members before departure.

A palace spokesman said they left for an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom for the weekend. William will then return to work as a search and rescue pilot next week. Their honeymoon destination remains a secret but will be overseas, the spokesman said.

Kate, 29, wore a blue dress with a black jacket, while William, 28, wore khaki slacks and a navy blue sports jacket as they left the palace.

William has booked two weeks off from the Royal Air Force, but palace officials have given no clue as to where the newlyweds will end up for a little private time after a lavish wedding watched by an estimated two billion people on Friday.

They can choose from a wide variety of destinations, including the queen's vast estates in Scotland, private islands in the Caribbean and African hideaways.

Some reports have indicated the couple may also tour Jordan because Kate and her family spent two years there when she was a child.

Royal sources have said the pair were expected to choose somewhere "hot and sunny."

Media speculation is focused on the following favourites: the Caribbean island of Mustique, Australia, Jordan and the Seychelles, an archipelago of more than 100 islands off Africa.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves Clarence House in London to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William.

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Catherine Middleton and Prince William Kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton

A Royal Engagement
Britain's Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton seen at St. James's Palace in London, after they announced their engagement. Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey.
Breaking News
The happy couple discuss their engagement during their first official TV interview together.
Kate's Ring
Kate Middleton shows off her new engagement ring. The family heirloom given to her by fiancée, Prince William is the same ring his deceased mother -- Princess Diana of Wales (1961 - 1997) -- wore during her marriage to ex-husband Prince Charles.
A Commoner No More
Kate Middleton will no longer be considered a commoner - someone who does not belong to nobility-- after she marries Prince William.

Middleton who met William while at St Andrews University was born to upper middle class parents but doesn't share any royal lineage with William.
Another Royal Wedding
Britain's Prince Charles, the father of Prince William, with his then bride Princess Diana at St Paul's Cathedral during their marriage ceremony.

The couple would become parents to two sons, Prince William and Prince Charles, before divorcing in 1996.
Princes Diana, the People's Princess
A close up of Princess Diana of Wales flashing her engagement ring. Princess Diana, fondly nicknamed Princess Di by the press died on August 3, 1997 after succumbing to injuries she suffered in a traffic accident.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
The press couldn't get enough of the Prince William and Kate Middleton after their engagement became public. Above is a collection of English newspapers and tabloids that dedicated front page space to the event.
I Dream of Africa
A picture of a cottage at the Lewas Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya where Prince William proposed.
The New Couple
Prince Charles and Kate Middleton are expected to tie the knot on Friday, April 29, 2011. The couple had been dating for eight years before Prince William proposed in Kenya while on vacation.
Mom and Dad Meet the Press
Kate Middleton's parents Michael and Carole make a statement to the press about the engagement of their eldest daughter to press outside their home.

The pair were were married Friday in an opulent ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

An estimated one million people lined the procession route or watched the ceremony at parks in London.

On Friday night William and Kate and 300 close family and friends partied until the early hours at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the exchange of vows.

In an unexpected move, they travelled to the evening reception with William behind the wheel of his father's dark blue sports car, an Aston Martin DB6, decorated with ballons and a rear number plate that read "JU5T WED."

Kate changed into her second white dress of the day before going to the party - a strapless white satin gown created by Sarah Burton. On the way to the party, the bride pronounced it had been "a great day" and told a photographer, "I am glad the weather held off."

Across the United Kingdom, there were 5,500 applications for street closures so that roads could be used for festive parties to celebrate the royal union.

One party was held in London on Downing Street, home of the prime minister. It was attended by about 100 charity workers and children.

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