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After days chockfull of William and Catherine details, the British monarchy’s hottest couple is finally moving on from the nuptial hullaballoo to their royal duties. Whether they wind up in Hollywood or on the throne, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will keep the world captivated they embark on the rest of their lives together. Check back with The Daily Beast for all things Prince William and Kate Middleton here!
A Royal Send Off (John Stillwell, Reuters / Landov)
Will honeymoon on an exclusive island in the Indian Ocean.
Despite reports that the royal honeymoon had been delayed, The Daily Mail reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will finally get away in mid-May to an “exclusive island in the Indian Ocean.” The unnamed island is allegedly in almost “complete isolation,” with only a handful of luxury villas—which cost a whopping £4,000 ($6,700) per night—each of which has its own butler. After the honeymoon, however, the couple could face an extended separation, as William will report to the Falkland Islands for 10 weeks of helicopter training.
Rumored to head to Tinseltown this summer.
They were already given the Hollywood treatment with a laughable Lifetime movie, but the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be headed to California themselves this summer, Andrew Morton reports Monday. On his blog, the bestselling biographer says aides have scheduled William and Kate for a two-day trip to Hollywood at the end of their tour of Canada in late June and early July. The visit would mark their first overseas appearance as a married couple. According to Morton, the potential trip would be a turning point for the newly minted duchess—William’s mother, Princess Diana’s first overseas visit was to Australia in 1983, two years after her fairytale wedding to Prince Charles. Morton recalls the late princess’ early appearances were full of nerves, but she returned to the U.K. as a press pro.
From Will's new title, "Baron Carrickfergus," to the shamrocks on Kate's dress, some Irish saw a subtext of conquest in the royal wedding.
The Irish press has picked out several references to their country in the royal wedding, from Prince William's Irish Guards uniform to the shamrocks on Kate's Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which was allegedly made using old Irish lace traditions. Most obvious of all was one of the prince's new titles, Baron Carrickfergus, which has particularly perturbed some of the Irish. Carrickfergus is a town in Ireland where King William III of England began his Protestant conquest of Ireland in 1689. Britain also used an historic castle in Carrickfergus as a military stronghold, armory, and prison from the late 18th century until World War II. In short, both the town and Prince William's new title are ostensibly linked to British conquest: his new title is a subtle, yet hostile hint that part of Ireland is still under British rule. At least this is the point of view argued by Irish Central, though the paper acknowledged the queen's upcoming visit to Ireland as a friendly gesture.
Prince William and Prince Harry (Steve Parsons, PA / AP Photo)
Three shots released.
A day after their fairy-tale wedding went off without a hitch, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s (now, Duchess Catherine) trio of official wedding portraits have been released! In the first portrait, a beaming William and Kate appear standing side-by-side in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, with Kate’s fingers caressing William’s hand. The second picture has the royal couple sitting in chairs surrounded by the younger members of the wedding party, including 3-year-old flower girl Grace Van Cutsem, whose frowning photo has turned into a royal wedding Internet meme. The third portrait, also in the throne room, features the royal couple flanked by their families and members of the wedding party, including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and, last but not least, the royal wedding’s other star, Pippa Middleton. View The Daily Beast's royal wedding album.
Official Blog Portrait (Hugo Burnand / Clarence House)
William will resume his pilot job next week.
Now that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) fairy-tale royal wedding is in the history books, with an estimated one million well-wishers gathering outside London’s Westminster Abbey for the momentous occasion, the couple departed Buckingham Palace by helicopter on Saturday to weekend at an undisclosed location in the U.K. However, their honeymoon will be postponed, as Prince William will return to his job as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot next week, according to reports. With 300 friends and family in attendance, the royal couple’s reception at Buckingham Palace Friday night is believed to have featured Prince Harry’s best man speech and Michael Middleton’s father-of-the-bride address. Meanwhile, there was a party at the Goring Hotel Friday night, where the Middleton’s family and friends were staying. “We had a party at the hotel last night that went on well into the evening, so we’re feeling a little jaded this morning,” Middleton family friend Tony Ainsworth told BBC News.
Did Alexander McQueen designer check into bride’s hotel?
Everyone’s been wondering who will design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and now, the world has the biggest clue yet: a photo released by The Daily Mail of a woman covering her face and hair and rushing into The Goring Hotel, where Middleton is spending her last night as a single woman. Though the woman managed to conceal her face, a leather studded belt was exposed, which seems to match Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton’s favorite accessory.
Hotel staff help guests as they arrive at the Goring Hotel where Catherine Middleton will spend her last night as an unmarried woman ahead of the royal wedding on April 28, 2011 in London, England. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)
Papers are in full-on wedding mode as the official program is finally made available in hard copy form.
Intrepid Beast researcher Jackie Williams braved the crowds to scoop up a cache of official programs from the Sea Cadets at Green Park. This morning’s tabs favored Mario Testino’s black and white heavily retouched portrait of the happy couple with adonyne captions “Mum Would Be So Proud (The Sun) and “Happiest Day of Our Lives” (The Mirror), Tom Sykes reports. Other papers went with glamorous and waving Kate. As VIPs arrive at Westminster, the streets are humming.
The story behind foliage lining Westminster Abbey.
Huw Edwards on the BBC reports that Kate is apparently a keen student of the medieval language of flowers. That's what comes of a History of Art degree! The maple trees in Westminster Abbey represent modesty and the hornbeam trees represent resilience.
Prince Harry's sometimes girlfriend will wear two dresses.
Prince Harry's on-again, off-again girlfriend arrived at Westminster Abbey just after 9 a.m. in an off-the-shoulder aqua-emerald dress by Alberta Ferretti. She paired the dress off with a beige hat. Alberta Ferretti said Davy plans on wearing two of her dresses. For the evening party she will switch to a one-shoulder midnight blue crepe satin gown.
Three arrested in effigy beheading claims.
Scotland Yard arrested late Thursday who were believed to be planning beheading effigies at the royal wedding. Reports said a guillotine had been seized as well. The two men and women arrested in Brockley came after police raided suspected London squats, arresting 19, on Thursday.
Titles date back to the 18th century.
They may have been educated at St. Andrew’s, but Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to honor another college town with their titles. As per royal tradition of taking a title upon marriage, they will become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The title dates back to the early 18th century during the Stuart rule, and the title has been extinct since 1981 when the last Duke of Cambridge died without an heir. The Queen also gave William the titles of Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, titles which Kate will also come into when they are married. Traditionally, the Queen gives titles to royal men when they are married.
In red Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform.
Despite rumors that he'd be wearing the traditional RAF uniform, Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey in the red uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards. He smiles with his brother and best man Prince Harry by his side. William is wearing one medal while Harry—because he has fought in Afghanistan—is wearing two. The two waved to the crowd and greeted guests in the Abbey, where they'll wait for 45 minutes until Catherine arrives.
David Cameron reveals his gift pick.
When a juicer just won't cut it: Prime Minister David Cameron has just told the BBC that he'll be giving the newlyweds a book of photos of Anglesey in Wales, where they've been living for the past few years. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is giving them a tandem.