Royal honeymoons throughout the years

Royal honeymoons throughout the years

With rumours beginning to circulate on where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be honeymooning after their wedding this May, we're looking back on where the rest of the royal's spent their honeymoons. 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

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After marrying in 2011, the happy couple spent ten days on a private island called North Island in the Seychells, which holds a very special place in the couples hearts after they holidayed there in 2007 after a break up. The private island has just 11 private bungalows that have direct access to the beach and can only be reached by helicopter.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales 

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The newly married couple went on a three-month honeymoon that began at the Mountbatten Estate before take a 12 day cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia to the Greek Islands and to Egypt. 

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip 

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The couple married in 1947 before spending the first part of their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire where they spent their days stalking deer and exploring woodland before spending the second half of their honeymoon at Birkhall Lodge on the Balmoral Estate.   

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King George VI and the Queen Mother 

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They wed in 1923 and honeymooned at Polesden Lacey, a country manor house in Surrey. Lined with portraits and interiors deigned by the architects of the Ritz, the manor house was very grand. They spent their honeymoon playing golf and tennis as well as taking long walks which unfortunately, due to the cold wind and snow caused the Queen mother to come down with a case of whooping cough. 

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Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon 

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After they married at Westminster Abbey in 1960 in the first royal wedding to be televised, they escaped on a six-week honeymoon to the Caribbean on the Royal Yacht Britannia where they visited many islands including Trinidad and Antigua.    

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 

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They wed in a civil ceremony in 2009 before spending the first week of their honeymoon at Birkhall at the Balmoral Estate then ventured on a cruise of the Greek Islands. 

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King Edward VII and Wallis Simpson 

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After abdicating the throne, Edward and Wallis wed in a French château and spent their honeymoon in Austria.  

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The Duke and Duchess of York

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Their wedding ceremony was followed by a huge party at Claridge's Hotel before the pair went to Azores in Portugal. After their break there, they went on a five-day cruise around the Atlantic on the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

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Princess Anne and Mark Phillips 

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The newly-weds flew to Barbados after their wedding to board the Royal Yacht Britannia where they cruised around the Caribbean islands before ending their holiday in the Galapagos islands despite stormy seas. 

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex

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The couple followed in the Queen and Prince Phillip's footsteps and spent their honeymoon at Birkhall Lodge at Balmoral. The Scottish weather was that pleasant they extended their trip to spend some extra time in the sun! 

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