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Famous Royal Honeymoon Destinations throughout History

April 29, 2011 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.

Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.

Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:

· Prince Charles and Princess Diana of England: History will repeat itself with William and Kate, as Charles and Diana also headed to Balmoral Estate following their 1981 nuptials. They didn't spend all their time there, however; they soon departed for Gibraltar to board the royal yacht Britannia, on which they cruised for two weeks, visiting Algeria, Tunisia. Sicily, the Greek islands and Egypt.

QEII and Prince Philip at Broadlands on their honeymoon

· Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of England: They went all over the place. First the couple traveled to Broadlands, the Mountbattens' country home before heading to Birkhall, Queen Elizabeth's childhood home. Then the real fun got started, when they headed down to the sunny Mediterranean island of Malta for several days, before beginning their first official state visit to Uganda.

· Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson of England: Edward is the one who abdicated the throne for love, as Wallis was a divorcee and therefore their marriage—as Edward was to be king—would not have otherwise been welcomed. After the abdication and their wedding in 1937, the couple set out for Venice, Italy.

· Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles of England: This wedding was a quiet affair, and the honeymoon wasn't anything overly lavish. Charles and Camilla sailed (with friends) around the Greek Islands on one of billionaire Spiros Latsis' yachts

· Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson of England: The Azores! Finally—something truly exotic.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III on their honeymoon yacht

· Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly of Monaco: Yachts are a royal theme. Aristotle Onassis actually gave this royal couple the 147-foot Deo Juvante II, which they used for their honeymoon to sail around the Mediterranean with stops in Villegranche, Spain, and Corsica and Mallorca. Grace apparently suffered from mal de mer for much of the cruise.

· King Hussein and Elizabeth Najeeb Halaby (Queen Noor) of Jordan: As this wasn't King Hussein's first marriage, Noor insisted that they bring along his 8 children, her new stepchildren, to get acquainted during their retreat time at the King's estate in Aqaba, Jordan, right on the Red Sea.

· Claus von Amsberg and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands: Can you believe it? They flew to Suriname for boat cruises down the rivers of this South American country. It was part of the Dutch empire at the time, after all, so why not mix a little business with pleasure?

Of course there are many, many more famous royal weddings and honeymoons of the past. These are but a small selection!

[Photos: Getty, Keystone, LIFE]

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