It's back to work for Prince William

The freshly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace Saturday.

Well, that was a short honeymoon.

After spending their first night of married life at Buckingham Palace, royal officials have announced that Prince William and Catherine (now Duchess of Cambridge) are putting off their real honeymoon.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately," the palace said. "Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, The Duke will return to work as a Search and Rescue pilot next week."

So, it's back to Wales on Monday and his RAF Valley squadron in Anglesey.

The couple is spending the weekend in the UK, perhaps at one of the Queen's residences. The palace noted that when they do eventually have their honeymoon, it will be overseas.

The couple emerged from into the Palace garden Saturday morning and boarded a helipcopter for their weekend retreat.

"The Couple have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon," said the palace.

They have had precious little of that over the past several months, culminating with their Friday wedding and the subsequest celebrations.

The reception hosted by Prince Charles for about 350 went off without a hitch, it is reported, with the final guests leaving around 3 a.m. That was preceded by the  Queen's reception for about Charlesguests, during which Prince Charles toasted the couple and remarked that "we are lucky to have her."

For the more intimate affair, tuxes and formal wear was the order of the day, as the pictures at left show, with Kate wearing a strapless white satin evening dress and William in dinner jacket and bow tie.

Saturday morning, the Middleton family emerged from The Goring hotel, where they had book all 71 rooms, said they had a wonderful time, then quickly climbed into three separate vehicles and returned to their home in Bucklebury.




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