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Here's Where Royal Couples Went on Their Honeymoons

From country manors to private islands, here's where royals head after their big day.
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Ah, to have access to the royal yacht.

1923: Queen Elizabeth and King George VI


After being introduced in 1920, Elizabeth rejected the future king's proposals twice. She was wary of the overwhelming responsibility of becoming a royal, but eventually agreed to become George's wife.


The royal couple spent two weeks at Polesden Lacey, a manor house in Surrey.

1947: Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten


The couple first met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark who was Philip's cousin. After more than a decade of courtship, the two officially announced their engagement in 1947 and married at Westminster Abbey.


They spent their honeymoon at Birkhill Lodge, part of the Balmoral Estate in Hampshire and home of Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

1956: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco


Kelly first met Prince Rainier III at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955, after she was invited to take part in a photo session at the Palace of Monaco.


Following their wedding, she and Rainier took a seven-week Mediterranean cruise on his yacht, Deo Juvante II, and made a stop at the Hotel Formentor in Mallorca.

1973: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips


The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, married Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, at Westminster Abbey.


They spent their honeymoon aboard the royal yacht Britannia, traversing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

1986: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew


Sarah and Andrew knew each other as children and later became romantically linked after meeting again at a party at Floors Castle. Four months after Prince Andrew proposed on his 26th birthday, they were married.


The couple boarded a jet for the Azores Islands near Portugal, and then went for a five-day sail in the Atlantic aboard the royal yacht Britannia.

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1978: Princess Caroline of Hanover and Philipe Junot


Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of Grace Kelly, married her first husband, a Parisian banker, in Monaco.


They spent their honeymoon on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

1981: Princess Diana and Prince Charles


The couple first met in 1977 and the relationship intensified when Charles invited Diana for a weekend at Balmoral, his family's Scottish residence, in 1980. Twenty-year-old Diana married the Prince of Wales just one year later.


They spent their honeymoon sailing the Mediterranean aboard the royal yacht Britannia. Afterward, they visited Scotland, where the rest of the royal family had gathered at Balmoral and spent time in a hunting lodge by the estate.

2004: Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson


Frederick met Mary in 2000 during the Summer Olympics in Sydney, and only later did he tell her that he was Denmark's Crown Prince. They married four years later at the Copenhagen Cathedral in Denmark.


The newlywed couple journeyed to Tanzania for a three-week honeymoon.

2010: Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland


Victoria married Daniel Westling at the Stockholm Cathedral, and they later moved into the Haga Palace together.


Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult offered the newlyweds use of his jet, yacht, and ranch in Beaver Creek, Colorado for their honeymoon. Other stops on their honeymoon included New York City, Bora Bora, and French Polynesia.

2011: Duchess Kate and Prince William


Kate and William were classmates at St. Andrew's when they became romantically involved. After breaking up and reconciling, the pair became engaged in 2010.


After their globally broadcast wedding at Westminster Abbey, the two set off for a honeymoon on a private island in the Seychelles.

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2011: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall


The oldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and an accomplished equestrian, Zara married rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011. They had first met eight years earlier during England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia.


The couple embarked on a belated honeymoon to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

2015: Princess Sofia of Sweden and Price Carl Philippe


Prince Carl Philippe began his relationship with former model and reality-TV contestant Sofia in 2010. The couple married in Stockholm five years later.


The couple spent their honeymoon at a luxury resort in Fiji.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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