Royal couple delay honeymoon after lavish wedding

Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:53am EDT
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By Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON (Reuters) - Following a spectacular Royal Wedding that dazzled the world, Prince William will go back to work as a search-and-rescue pilot next week before taking his new wife on honeymoon abroad.

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, looking fresh after partying into the early hours in the wake of Friday's wedding, boarded a helicopter in the Buckingham Palace gardens on Saturday for a weekend break at a secret location in Britain.

The prince will resume his job as a search and rescue pilot next week before the honeymoon starts at an undisclosed date, the royal family said in a statement.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately," it said, using the new titles bestowed on Prince William, 28, and the former Kate Middleton, 29, by Queen Elizabeth.

"The locations of both their private weekend before the Duke returns to work and their future honeymoon, which will be overseas, will not be disclosed in advance," it said, pointedly ignoring feverish speculation as to where the couple will go.

After a relationship of almost a decade, they married in London's towering 13th-century Westminster Abbey on Friday as a million cheering supporters lined the capital's streets.

Worldwide, estimates put the global television and online audience at 2.4 billion people -- more than one in three of the global population if the figure is accurate.

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

<p>Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walk together in Buckingham Palace, following their wedding on Friday, in central London April 30, 2011. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool</p>