The New Royals

 

What honeymoon? A weekend

away then it’s back to work for

 Wills on Monday

 

By Rob Cooper
William and Kate spent first night together at Buckingham Palace

  • Couple will go on honeymoon later – but date and destination is a secret
  • Newlyweds expected to spend weekend at Balmoral

Newlyweds William and Kate will not go on honeymoon this weekend – and Prince William will be back at work on Monday.

The couple, who flew out of Buckingham Palace this morning, will spend the weekend together at a private location in the UK.

The Prince will return to his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot next week before the couple finally jet off on their overseas honeymoon at a later date.

 
 
Newly-weds: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace as they prepare to board a helicopter to fly off on their honeymoonNewly-weds: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace as they prepare to board a helicopter to fly off on their honeymoon

 

 
 

 

 
Royal honeymoon: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, fly off from Buckingham Palace this morningRoyal honeymoon: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, fly off from Buckingham Palace this morning

After spending their first night as a married couple together at the Palace, they walked out of the Palace casually dressed hand in hand this morning.

It had been thought they would take two weeks off for the traditional post-wedding break.

But it appears they want some private time in familiar surroundings after one of the most important days in their life saw their marriage celebrated by the nation and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Middleton posed for photos looking happy and relaxed outside the Goring Hotel this morning and bore no signs of the after-effects of last night’s celebrations.

Mr Middleton told the gathered crowd “We had a wonderful time” before the family returned home without any fuss or ceremony.

 They arrived back at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in three separate cars with Kate’s brother, James, leading the way.

Without so much as a Union flag in sight, the 23-year-old bachelor turned a black BMW 3 series estate into their private drive at about 3.15pm.

Wearing an open-necked shirt and looking bleary-eyed, the only reception he received today was from two policemen guarding the house.

It was in sharp contrast to the scenes in Bucklebury yesterday when local people turned out in force to celebrate the wedding.

James was quickly followed by Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa, in a Land Rover Freelander, who beamed as they drove into the driveway.

Carole looked fairly fresh faced and wore a white top with blue trimming, while Pippa sported a large pair of Armani sunglasses but smiled broadly in a royal blue cardigan.

Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and her mother Carole emerge from the Goring Hotel today after last night's wedding celebration

Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and her mother Carole emerge from the Goring Hotel today after last night’s wedding celebration.

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