Prince William and Kate Middleton have just celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary – but they didn’t follow a long-standing tradition when it came to the days after tying the knot.
On this day 11 years ago, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge woke up on their first full day as a married couple.
However, a day after the huge nuptials William and Kate made a surprise announcement that saw them break with a long-standing tradition.Rather than immediately pack their bags and head off on a honeymoon, it was revealed they would be delaying it.
In an unexpected move, at the time, Clarence House said William would be back at work at his RAF Search and Rescue base in Anglesey, North Wales, just four days after the wedding.
A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately. Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, the Duke will return to work as a Search and Rescue pilot next week.
“The locations of both their private weekend and their future honeymoon, which will be overseas, will not be disclosed in advance.“The couple have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon.
A Clarence House source added: “William and Catherine have been thinking about putting it off for some time. It was very much their personal choice and Catherine was keen to relax after the pressures of the wedding somewhere modest in the UK. They plan to go away overseas sometime after the wedding, but in their own time.”
And even though the destination of their honeymoon was not announced at the time, it was later reported that they travelled to the Seychelles. They jetted off to the tropical paradise 10 days after the wedding.William and Kate flew to the main airport in the Seychelles on a private jet from their home in Anglesey.
They then took a helicopter to the tiny North Island where they stayed in a villa. These can cost up to £6,000 a night and islands can be rented for tens of thousands of pounds a day.The couple also broke another royal tradition by having a totally private honeymoon and did not invite photographers for a photocall – like many royal couples in the past.
It’s unknown exactly how William and Kate celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary yesterday.Maybe they exchanged gifts, with steel presents being the tradition to give each other to mark 11 years of marriage.