Prince William & Kate's top travel destinations
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles. (REUTERS/Mark Large/Pool)
It seems like just yesterday I settled down with a cup of tea and a scone smothered in jam to watch the wedding of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton live from London, England. It was 5 a.m. and despite the early hour, thousands in Canada were doing the exact same thing.
Since their fairy tale wedding on April 29, 2011, Prince William and Catherine, the new Duchess of Cambridge, have thrilled the world with their common touch, good looks and genuinely pleasant demeanour.
The newlywed couple has also participated in a number of official Royal engagements both at home and far across the globe. As William and Kate prepare to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, we take a look at the top five travel destinations of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their first year of marriage.
1. Seychelles: Prince William and Kate honeymooned on the Seychelles’ North Island in May 2011. The private island has 11 guest villas and the newlyweds reportedly rented the entire island at a cost of $711,459.36 for a completely secluded getaway. Here, Wills and Kate enjoyed posh accommodations and exciting activities like sea kayaking, scuba diving and boating.
2. Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island: While the July 2011 Canadian tour of Prince William and Kate began in Ottawa, it was in Prince Edward Island that the couple really relaxed and showed off their true personalities during the events of the day. They joked with each other while competing in a dragon boat race, embraced Canada’s First Nations culture during a traditional Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony and devoured lobsters and clams on the beach. Prince William also captivated the crowds with a helicopter ‘water bird’ landing emergency exercise.
3. Skoki Lodge, Banff, Alberta: After making a surprise visit to the wildfire ravaged town of Slave Lake, Alta., Prince William and Kate boarded a helicopter and were flown to Banff National Park where they stayed for a night of private time during their Canadian tour. Skoki Lodge hosted the Royals in their Riverside Cabin. Wills and Kate ate from the same menu as all guests, choosing to dine on beef, baked vegetables and B.C. wine. They also went on a private walk, without security, from their cabin along the local hiking trails.
4. Los Angeles, California: Prince William and Kate arrived in California from Canada in July 2011 to promote British trade and investment in the United States. The highlight of their West Coast trip was the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala at the historic Belasco Theater. The Duke and Duchess defined glamour at the event, choosing to dress in a dashing tux and flowing lilac Alexander McQueen dress, respectively. Celebrity attendees like Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks were left in awe of the stunning Royal couple.
5. Verbier, Switzerland: After returning from a six week RAF deployment in the Falkland Islands, Prince William returned to Kate, and England, in March 2012. He immediately whisked her away on a ski vacation in the posh Swiss resort town of Verbier. The couple loves to ski and it’s been reported that Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael, have joined the couple on holiday.
With Diamond Jubilee visits planned for the young Royals to Malaysia, Singapore, the Soloman Islands and Tuvalu this year, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s world travels are just beginning.