Eyes on honeymoon after British royal wedding joy

Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:28pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White and Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his new bride reveal their honeymoon destination on Saturday, after millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the couple tie the knot in a dazzling display of royal pageantry.

The prince and Kate Middleton, his 29-year-old girlfriend of nearly a decade, married in London's historic Westminster Abbey on Friday in the biggest royal wedding for 30 years.

A million cheering people crowded into central London to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds as they rode from the abbey to Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace in a 1902 open-topped state landau carriage.

Commentators praised the royal family for striking a balance between carefully choreographed grandeur -- military bands in black bearskin hats and household cavalrymen in shining breastplates -- and personal spontaneity.

"Nothing else anywhere has the archetypal quality of what was shown in Westminster Abbey, the same closeness between what is unspeakably grand and what is ordinarily human," wrote Charles Moore in the conservative Daily Telegraph newspaper.

William, 28, greeted fans camped out ahead of the wedding, and in another surprise drove his bride the short journey from Buckingham Palace to St James's Palace in his father's open-top Aston Martin with the license plate "JU5T WED."


Like other details of the wedding, including the designer of Middleton's dress, the honeymoon venue is a closely kept secret, though that has not stopped newspapers from guessing.   Continued...

<p>Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following following their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London April 29, 2011. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool</p>