Royal newlyweds return to island home

3rd May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prince William and his new wife Catherine settle back down to normal life on Tuesday at their secluded home in Wales as he returns to work as a helicopter pilot before they take their honeymoon.

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were returning to Anglesey, northwest Wales, where William was to resume his day job as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF), royal sources said.

Life back on the rural island will seem a world away from Friday's fairytale wedding, which was watched by an estimated one million people on the streets of London and two billion on television around the world.

"They will be returning to Anglesey this week and the duke will be going back to work at RAF Valley," said a spokeswoman for Clarence House, the office of William's father Prince Charles.

Though William is serving in the RAF, he is the honorary colonel of the Irish Guards army regiment and surprised many by choosing to get married in their scarlet tunic uniform.

The newlyweds spent a short private break in Britain, having flown out of Buckingham Palace by helicopter on Saturday afternoon. Clarence House said it would not be announcing where they had spent the weekend.

The couple chose not to depart immediately for their honeymoon -- details of which will not be announced in advance -- though royal officials have said it will be abroad.

The newlyweds "planned the honeymoon together", Clarence House said.

While the couple's honeymoon dates will not be released, they are due to visit Canada from June 30 to July 8 for their first official overseas visit.

The tour will include Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the capital Ottawa.

William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, as well as making him the duke of Cambridge, also gave him the titles Earl of Strathearn, a part of central Scotland, and Baron Carrickfergus, after a town with a castle on the Northern Irish coast.

It is intended that he and his wife will be known by those titles in those parts of the United Kingdom, Clarence House said.

The earldom links the couple to Scotland, where they fell in love at university, while Carrickfergus is the oldest town in County Antrim, predating Belfast.

While William gets back to work in Wales, London is still abuzz with royal wedding fever.

Three-hour queues to get into Westminster Abbey, where the wedding was held, stretched around the block Monday, with well-wishers keen to get a glimpse before it is reconfigured back to normal.

Carol Lowe and her daughter Rachel went to the abbey together.

"I would like to see the flowers because I am a florist, so that's an interest to me, but just to have the whole atmosphere of the abbey so soon after the wedding," Rachel Lowe said.

"It will probably take a day just to get in," she added.

Singer Ellie Goulding, who performed at the evening party, told the BBC's The One Show that singing for the couple had been a "very surreal, incredible experience".

According to reports, party organiser and best man Prince Harry had a secret pocket sewn into his Blues and Royals military wedding outfit to be sure not to lose the all-important wedding ring before the service.

Meanwhile a Clarence House spokeswoman denied a report that William would be posted to Britain's remote Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean in September, saying there were "no plans" for such a deployment.

© 2011 AFP

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