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Royal couple honeymoon in Seychelles

Associated Press / May 11, 2011

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LONDON — So the wait for a royal honeymoon wasn’t so long after all.

Prince William and his wife, the former Catherine Middleton, have left for a honeymoon at an undisclosed location, palace officials said yesterday, declining to elaborate on where or for how long. They also requested the young couple’s privacy be respected during that time.

British media widely reported they had jetted off to the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. William has two weeks’ leave from his job as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, but palace officials would not say if the newlyweds will be away the entire two weeks.

After the media blitz surrounding their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey, the couple made it clear they’d like to be left alone by photographers. Still, their decision to delay a honeymoon surprised many. While William went back to work, Middleton — now the Duchess of Cambridge — was snapped by photographers grocery shopping near the couple’s home on the remote Welsh island of Anglesey.

The idea of a Seychelles getaway gained traction when the Hamburg, Germany-based real estate mogul Farhad Vladi told the Hamburger Abendblatt daily he had rented the North Island in the Seychelles chain to the Windsors.

“Yes, we rented the island to the British royal family,’’ Vladi told the paper. “Prince William and his Kate are spending their honeymoon there. But you will understand that we are not saying anything further.’’

The Seychelles are made up of 115 islands about 1,000 miles east of the Kenyan coast. A popular luxury destination, the island nation lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare.

Vladi’s company owns many exclusive, lush islands in beautiful and remote locations. North Island is among the most isolated islands that Vladi rents.

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