Royal Wedding: William, Kate Delay Honeymoon

Updated: April 30, 2011 16:55 IST

Newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton left Buckingham Palace by helicopter Saturday morning and will soon start their honeymoon. But their destination has been kept a closely-guarded secret.

William, Kate to spend sometime alone
Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided not to leave for their honeymoon immediately and the newlyweds will stay in Britain this weekend, palace officials said Saturday.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
William, who married Middleton on Friday in an opulent ceremony at Westminster Abbey, plans to return to military duty as a Royal Air Force helicopter rescue pilot in Wales at the end of this weekend, which includes a Monday holiday, officials said.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
They will go on a honeymoon to an undisclosed overseas location later, officials said, stating that this is the couple's "personal preference."
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
A statement posted on the official royal wedding website says the honeymoon destination, and the location where the newlyweds are spending this weekend, will be kept private.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
The palace has not revealed where in Britain they have gone for the rest of the weekend. The couple is thought to be seeking privacy after the intense media focus on their wedding.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
Earlier, officials said William has scheduled a two-week leave from his military duties for the couple's honeymoon, but no specific dates or locations have been announced.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
The couple has a wide range of honeymoon options, including a stay at Queen Elizabeth II's vast Balmoral Estate in Scotland, where they would likely have the privacy needed to evade paparazzi.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
William at one point, hinted he might take Middleton to Australia for a scuba-diving honeymoon, but it is also possible they would opt for a private island in the Caribbean, the Seychelles, an archipelago of more than 100 islands off Africa, or an outdoorsy trip to Jordan that would include a visit to Petra.

A helicopter believed to be carrying Prince William Duke of Cambridge, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, takes off from Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday, April, 30, 2011 as they depart for their honeymoon to an unknown destination.
William, Kate to spend sometime alone
The honeymoon is expected to be briefer than that of William's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, who combined a two-week Mediterranean cruise with several extended breaks in Britain.

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