Honeymoon's over for William and Kate

All good things must come to an end. Prince William and his bride Catherine have bid adieu to the Seychelles after a 10-day honeymoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are back on English soil today, probably still trying to brush the Seychelles sand out of their luggage.

St. James's Palace has acknowledged the couple returned to the UK from the Indian Ocean resort on Friday.

"The couple thoroughly enjoyed their time together, and they are grateful to the Seychelles Government for their assistance in making the honeymoon such a memorable and special 10 days,"a palace spokesperson said.

A Seychelles government statement said that the east African nation was honoured to have hosted the couple.

"They left happy and clearly content with their stay," Alain St. Ange, the head of the Seychelles tourism board, told Associated Press.

Before they left, the couple invited the folks who had been protecting their privacy on North Island, the Seychelles coast guard, ashore to personally thank them.

"In a world of so much turmoil they bring a welcome and much needed breath of fresh air with their warmth and humility," said British High Commissioner Patrick Pillay, who saw the couple off.

So now it's back to work for Prince William, returning to RAF Valley in Wales where he is a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

The hat that keeps on giving

UPDATE: With just a day left in the bidding for the ugly royal wedding hat of Princess Beatrice (we will spare you having to look at it again here), the total has surpassed $119,000 (Canadian). Activity has ramped up in the last 24 hours, with plenty of people with deep pockets coveting the Philip Treacy creation. Proceeds of the auction are going to charity. To follow the last-minute shopping, click here.




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