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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)
After reception party with 300 friends and family.
After a night of celebration, Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly left Buckingham Palace by helicopter Saturday morning. Their honeymoon destination is still under wraps, but it is believed they will stay at a royal residence in Britain for a night or two before going to on a trip at a later date. Kenya and Jordan are the favorites among bookmakers. On Friday night, the newlyweds celebrated into the early hours with 300 friends and family. Kate wore a white evening gown by Sarah Burton, who designed her wedding dress, to the dinner and dance at Buckingham Palace. The reception was hosted by the Prince of Wales, and it is believed that Prince Harry made the best-man speech during the party and Michael Middleton made his father-of-the-bride address.
A Royal Send Off (John Stillwell, Reuters / Landov)
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)
Chats with crowd outside royal residence.
Did the groom have a case of pre-wedding nerves? The night before his wedding to Kate Middleton, Prince William surprised the crowd outside Clarence House, the royal residence in London, along with his brother and best man, Prince Harry. The royals bantered with stunned gatherers standing behind barriers. The betrothed prince reportedly told the crowd, “I hope I'm not too nervous tomorrow.” He thanked them and told them: “Make sure you wave at Charles and Camilla.” The relaxed Harry joked about those camped out in tents on the street. “I'm sleeping out here tonight… The atmosphere is fantastic. That's why we came out. In there we can hear it.”
The Daily Beast is tracking the best tweets, photos, and videos from London.
The Daily Beast is keeping a royal eye on the crowds, TV correspondents, and fans camped out along Will & Kate's wedding route—and inside the abbey. We'll be compiling the best tweets, amateur photos, and videos throughout the morning until the afterparties are well under way. If you see a fun tweet we should feature, tell us at @thedailybeast.
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.
Bettors speculate on its color.
The rest of the world may be obsessing about Kate's wedding dress, but I'm more concerned about the Queen's hat; specifically, is she going to wear a blue one? UK sports betting companies such as PaddyPower.com have been taking bets all week on a plethora of Royal Wedding eventualities (Prince Philip to fall asleep is 6/1, first to cry: 8/1 Elton John, 50/1 David Beckham), and I thought that the queen to wear a blue hat was an irresistible punt at 4/1 with williamhill.co.uk. Yellow is the hot favourite with prices at even money (meaning you bet one pound, you get back one pound, but your stake is returned, so you'd be one pound up on the deal) and there was such a run of money for a regal yellow headpiece that betting was suspended earlier this week by one firm, Ladbrokes.
However, I've been doing the research, and it seems that yellow backers usually come to grief. I've been assured they will pay out on blue if she goes for lavender like she did last year at Royal Ascot.
Mandela joked with and teased the Queen like no other person could