04/23/2012

Will and Kate's romance may head to Highlands

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The royal wedding last year was watched by about two billion people. The couple's first anniversary will  be a much more quiet affair. (AP)

Was it only a year ago?

Given the pile of airtime and headlines, you might have figured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- aka Will and Kate -- had been around for much longer than that.

It was April 29, 2011 when they exchanged their vows and the interest in the royal couple seems only to have grown. Amazingly, the honeymoon with the media hasn’t abated much either. Though Pippa and Harry may have had their moments of tabloid terror, big brother and sister have remained relatively unscathed.

Living in Wales most of the time has its advantages, and Kate’s carefully choreographed appearances have been a masterstroke by St. James’s Palace.

True to form, those public showings are aimed at charity events these days, so don’t expect any public show on their anniversary day. They are reportedly going to be spending the day at Balmoral, traditionally the Queen’s summer home in Scotland, but also a place where they escaped while students at St. Andrews.

"They are both big romantics and like to return to the places that mean a lot to them," Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told the Telegraph. "I think William will have in mind a romantic night in one of the estate's more isolated cottages -- that is the way they seem to like to spend their special moments."

Before shrinking from view, though, they will satisfy their public duties with several appearances. In their first outing as a couple since William returned from the Falklands, they will attend the UK premiere of African Cats on Wednesday, in aid of William’s animal charity, Tusk Trust.

The next day they have a reception for Army teams that raced to the South Pole in a re-creation of the Robert F. Scott-Roald Amundsen rivalry of 1911 (Amundsen reached the Pole about a month ahead of Scott). Keeping with the archival theme, Will and Kate will be launching the Imperial War Museum’s efforts toward a World War I exhibit.

Meanwhile, William will also be earning some accolades along with his brother Harry for their efforts on behalf of the Walking with the Wounded charity. It falls under the umbrella of the Foundation set up by the princes to help British military personnel.

Harry will be in Washington on May 7 to accept the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership.

"Prince Harry will use the award to pay tribute to British and American veterans' charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women, and to reintegrate those who have served in the armed forces into civilian life," St. James’s Palace said in a statement.

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This story's headline is "Will and Kate's romance may head to Highlands", and the story's body makes two mentions of Prince William as "Will".


The truth is that his nickname, recognised around the world, is "Wills".

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