With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day just over a month away and speculation rife over where the newly married couple will spend their honeymoon, Royal Circular thought it would be fun to take a look at where previous Royal honeymoons have taken place – starting all the way back in 1923 with the honeymoon of the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
1923 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – Polesden Lacey, Surrey.
Polesden Lacey is an Edwardian house and estate located on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Surrey. Extensively remodelled by the well-known Edwardian hostess, Margaret Greville, the house and estate come with 1400 acres of land and in the present day is owned by the National Trust. Margaret Greville invited the Duke and Duchess of York to spend their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923 and the couple subsequently spent two weeks on the estate.
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1947 – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – Broadlands
Broadlands was the home of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He invited the couple to spend their honeymoon at Broadlands following their wedding in 1947. The original manor and area known as Broadlands had belonged to Romsey Abbey since the time of the Norman Conquest. A major architectural transformation of the site was undertaken by Capability Brown in 1767 and was completed by Henry Holland which led to Broadlands being the Palladian style mansion we see today.
1956 – Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly – Deo Juvante II
Grace Kelly, the Oscar-winning actress, met Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 when she visited the Royal Palace to be photographed with the world’s most eligible bachelor. Eight months later and the couple were married and Grace Kelly had become a Princess in the ‘Wedding of the Century’. Following their wedding, the couple drove through the streets of Monte Carlo in a convertible Rolls Royce which took them to another form of transport, the 147 foot Deo Juvante II yacht. The yacht was a present from Aristotle Onassis and carried the couple through the Mediterranean on their honeymoon.
1973 – Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips – Royal Yacht Britannia
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The first wedding of Princess Anne, when she married Captain Mark Phillips, took place on November 14th, 1973 at Westminster Abbey after they met at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Anne and Mark Phillips spent their honeymoon aboard Royal Yacht Britannia traversing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
1986 – Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – Azores Islands, Portugal.
The wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson took place at Westminster Abbey on 23rd July 1986 and was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following their wedding and subsequent reception, The Duke and Duchess of York made their way to Heathrow Airport in an open carriage. Diana, Princess of Wales and Viscount Linley, Princess Margaret’s son, had placed a king size teddy bear inside the coach. The couple boarded a royal jet for the Azores Islands in Portugal before heading off on a five-day cruise around the Atlantic aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
2010 – Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland – Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The wedding of Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel took place on 19th June 2010 at Stockholm Cathedral. In what was described as ‘Europe’s biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer’ it is estimated that over 500,000 people gathered to watch the carriage procession. Swedish billionaire, Bertil Hult, offered the newlyweds the use of his jet, yacht and ranch in Beaver Creek, Colorado for their honeymoon. Subsequent stops on their honeymoon included New York, Bora Bora and French Polynesia.
2011 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Seychelles
After a globally broadcast wedding, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set off for Seychelles. The couple departed for their honeymoon ten days after they were married on May 9th. While the media speculated the couple may honeymoon in South America or Kenya, it was revealed that William and Kate had opted for a private island in Seychelles. The couple returned to the United Kingdom on May 21st owing to Prince William’s duties as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot.
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2011 – Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – Cyprus
Keeping it simple, following their wedding in 2011, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall decided to embark on a belated honeymoon to the popular Mediterranean destination of Cyprus.
Only time will tell where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will choose to honeymoon, leave your thoughts in the comments below…….
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