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What's a royal honeymoon like?

Royals and commoners deserve a little private time on their honeymoon.
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Through the years, royal weddings have become an event for the whole world to look forward to. Right now, we're all excited about Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming vows. With all the buzz surrounding the nuptials, it kind of makes you wonder if the happy couple ever gets any privacy. Certainly the media will leave the lovebirds well enough alone on their honeymoon, right?

Come to think of it, we're not even sure where the paparazzi would go to catch Will and Kate canoodling in newlywed bliss. This poses the question, what's a royal honeymoon like, anyway? We might envision centuries-old castles, four-poster beds with red velvet canopies and lavish 10-course meals, but is that really what goes down?

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We'll take a look at the royal honeymoons that Will's grandparents and parents took to get an idea of what to expect from the prince and Kate, and then we'll dish on where the duo is rumored to be heading.

After their wedding ceremony on Nov. 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (formerly known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten) spent their honeymoon in Broadlands, the Mountbattens' country home, and in Birkhall, Queen Elizabeth's childhood home.

They planned a second honeymoon to Malta in the Mediterranean to mark their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple lived in Malta in the early days of their marriage, so it's a sentimental location for them! They stopped by the island for a few days on their way to Uganda for an official visit. This just goes to show you that you've got to work to keep the magic alive in a marriage.

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Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles had one of the most famous wedding ceremonies to date, so their honeymoon must've been out of this world, right?

Surprisingly, it wasn't as lavish as you might expect! They took an 11-day honeymoon cruise around the Mediterranean on the royal yacht, Britannia. The Britannia was named and launched by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and this royal honeymoon was just one of 696 overseas visits in its lifetime.

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A cruise appealed to the newlyweds since they could literally get away from the world and the paparazzi. Something that made their honeymoon even more serene was that all orders and instructions on the yacht were written down or given with hand signals -- no shouting allowed. Talk about having some peace and quiet!

The Isles of Scilly at sunset. Can't you feel the romance?
The Isles of Scilly at sunset. Can't you feel the romance?
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OK, so we've profiled some historical precedents for royal newlyweds. What's on the docket for Will and Kate?

The socially minded couple says they won't take a lavish honeymoon since British citizens are stuck in a state of financial turmoil (not unlike those of us watching the wedding from the U.S. and other Western nations!). Instead, they're traveling on a budget. According to palace officials, Will and Kate will take a two-week honeymoon close to the United Kingdom. The Isles of Scilly, the latest reported honeymoon destination, is just 29 miles southeast of Cornwall, England. Other speculated locations include: Kenya, where Prince William proposed to his bride; St. Andrews, where the two went to school and first met; and Australia, which was Prince William's first trip abroad with his parents when he was a child.

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Although they're part of the royal family and definitely enjoy lavish lives, royal brides and grooms are just like the rest of us. Their honeymoons may or may not be more expensive and lavish, but the newlyweds truly want to use this time to cozy up with each other in a romantic setting, or to visit a place that's meaningful to them in their journey as a couple.

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