Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walk together on the grounds on Buckingham Palace as they head off for a short weekend away a day after their wedding.
So much for an extended break. Just four days after the wedding watched around the world, Prince William and his new bride returned to their home in Anglesey, Wales, the location of the prince’s Royal Air Force base.
While Will has his work as a search and rescue pilot keeping him busy, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will fill her time as a “forces wife,” or housewife, as reported in the British press on Tuesday.
“Kate will be spending time privately,” a Clarence House spokesman told the Windsor Knot, unwilling to reveal any more details.
Dubbed “The Disappearing Duchess” by the Daily Mail newspaper, Kate will reportedly appear at official engagements only on the arm of her new husband and will put off choosing her own patronages and making solo appearances for some time. Until recently, Kate was working at her family’s party supplies website, Party Pieces, but she left in January to plan her wedding.
Despite their desire to keep close to home the first few years of marriage, the couple’s world-wide popularity is an asset the royal family and the queen can’t ignore. The duke and duchess are expected to capitalize on all the goodwill next year and head out on a “world tour” or sorts to help ease the queen's workload during her diamond jubilee celebrations, according to the Sun newspaper.
Meanwhile, royals watchers are still taking bets as to the location of the happy couple’s honeymoon. The British press seems convinced that the pair will jet off in the next few weeks or so to an island destination in the Indian Ocean, but Will and Kate are notoriously good at keeping their private lives private so stay tuned.