Speculation is rife about where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will jet off to for their honeymoon, with Botswana and Namibia proving the hottest bets at the moment. Here’s a look at six honeymoon hotspots chosen by previous royals from around the world.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
When Elizabeth Windsor married Philip Mountbatten on Nov 20, 1947, her father George VI was still on the throne and she did not yet know that she would soon be Queen. The newlyweds began their honeymoon at Broadlands, a country house in Hampshire, England, which was the family home of the Mountbattens (Prince Philip’s family). They then headed to Birkhall in Scotland, a place close to Elizabeth’s heart since it was her childhood home on the Balmoral estate.
Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
After the media frenzy surrounding their wedding on July 29, 1981, the royal couple headed off to Balmoral Castle on the royal estate in Scotland. The newlyweds then set sail on the Royal Yacht Britannia, the royal family’s final yacht, which was named by Elizabeth II in the 1950s (it was decommissioned in 1997 and turned into a visitor attraction). Charles and Diana sailed the Mediterranean for two weeks.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
As a new generation of royals, Kate Middleton and Prince William were among the first to opt for a honeymoon in a far-flung destination out of the public eye. The couple jetted off to the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands located off the East African coast.
According to the British press, they enjoyed the idyllic setting in a US$6,000-a-night (RM24,200) luxury villa on a particularly secluded island. Kate and William had previously visited the Seychelles four years before their 2011 wedding, where the couple reportedly made a pact that they would one day marry.
Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly
International jet-setter Aristotle Onassis gave Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco a yacht called Deo Juvante II as a wedding present. The newlyweds put it straight to use with a Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
This honeymoon may not have been all resting and relaxing for the Monaco prince and the former Olympic swimmer, since it gave rise to many comments and rumours in the press. The newlyweds chose Charlene Wittstock’s native South Africa for their traditional post-wedding vacation.
However, the lovebirds reportedly stayed in separate hotels, with the princess sojourning at the legendary Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks, around 15km north of Durban, while the prince stayed in a Hilton Hotel in the city centre. This “arrangement” led to much media speculation.
Prince Felipe VI of Spain and Letizia Rocasolano
The son of Juan Carlos I and Sofia of Greece was not yet King of Spain when he met Spanish TV journalist Letizia Rocasolano. Their wedding, in May 2004, was a highly publicised event.
The couple began their honeymoon in Cuenca, in Castilla-La Mancha, not far from Madrid, Spain, where the couple married. This medieval fortified city is a Unesco World Heritage Site, bringing a cultural dimension to their trip. Indeed, the couple also visited artistic sites in and around the town, famous for its casas colgadas (hanging houses), suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huecar river. – AFP Relaxnews