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Royal honeymoon: Kate and William jet off to the Seychelles

May 10, 2011 | 10:19 am

Kate and William are on their royal honeymoon in the Seychelles The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, hopped a private jet Monday for the Seychelles, arriving early Tuesday for a 10-day royal honeymoon getaway.

After landing at the Indian Ocean destination's main airport on Mahe around 7:20 a.m., a Seychelles tourism official confirmed, they were taken by helicopter to a private island where they will hole up in a private bungalow, the Telegraph said.

The islands up for private hire typically include a top chef and staff, according to the Daily Mirror, which quoted a "royal insider" as saying the couple had "slipped out of the country very quietly, they didn't want a fuss."

The couple in 2007 visited Desroches Island, indulging in snorkeling and more on one of the Seychelles' 115 islands, People magazine noted. That trip happened after the two had broken up and gotten back together.

Rather than jetting off for their honeymoon immediately after their April 29 wedding, William had gone back to work and Kate was seen shopping for groceries. Their private weekend at home coincided with the U.S. decision to pursue Osama bin Laden with a special-forces raid into Pakistan, though a Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Daily Mail that the honeymoon delay was unrelated and that the couple had made the decision to delay weeks in advance.

Bin Laden's death was reported by President Obama on May 1.


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Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace in London on April 30, the day after their wedding, before heading off for a secluded weekend at home. Credit: John Stillwell / AFP/Getty Images