After a royal wedding that dazzled the world, Prince William will go back to work as a search-and-rescue pilot next week before taking his wife on a honeymoon abroad.
The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, looking fresh after partying into the early hours after Friday’s wedding, boarded a helicopter in the Buckingham Palace gardens on Saturday for a weekend break at a secret location in Britain.
He will resume his job as a search-and-rescue pilot next week before the honeymoon starts on 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 his bride, Kate Middleton, 29, by Queen Elizabeth II.
“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, ignoring speculation as to where the couple will go.
After a relationship of almost a decade, the two were married in Westminster Abbey on Friday as a million cheering supporters lined the streets of London.
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.
Like other details of the wedding, the honeymoon venue has been a secret.
Speculation has included the Seychelles, Kenya, the Caribbean island of Mustique, an island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Greek island of Corfu and the Scilly Islands off England’s southwest coast.