Seychelles idyll for Royal Couple

The British media reported this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge–the two young lovebirds you may know as William and Kate–arrived in the Seychelles earlier today to kick off their long anticipated honeymoon.

After touching down at Seychelles International Airport in Mahé, the Royal Couple boarded a helicopter and took off for a private, unidentified island.

The location of the Royal honeymoon has been a matter of intense speculation in the UK over the last several weeks. Jordan, the Isles of Scilly, and Barbuda have all turned up as potential destinations.

The Seychelles, a cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean, are a top upscale destination, with tourist inflows coming mostly from Europe. Surely the Royal Couple’s decision to honeymoon in the country will not damage the Seychelles’ reputation as a playground for the rich.

[Image: Flickr | Olivier Cochard-Labbé]

easyJet looking for Will and Kate look-a-likes – will reward with a year of free flights

As we get closer and closer to the Royal Wedding on April 29, marketing departments around the world are working overtime to promote their products with a bit of a royal spin.

easyJet is one of them — the granddaddy of the low cost airlines is looking for Will & Kate look-a-likes who are interested in flying to London for a top ten lineup, with a chance at winning free flights for a year.

Of course, the “free flights for a year” comes with some rules, and actually means one free flight each month for a year. The current leaders can be found here. Oh, and you have to be a resident of Europe aged 18 or over if you’d like to enter.

Prince William and Kate Middleton: Royal Wedding build-up starts in Wales

Prince William and Kate Middleton made their first official public appearance together today, a milestone in the lead-up to the Royal Wedding on April 29.

The couple visited Trearddur Bay on the island of Anglesey in Wales to dedicate a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat. The lifeboat, it turns out, is the most technologically advanced inshore rescue boat that the RNLI produces.

A crowd of hundreds of excited royals watchers and multiple camera crews saw the couple arrive and perform their duties. Following the lifeboat dedication, William spoke briefly in Welsh. Kate christened the boat and impressed observers by singing the Welsh national anthem.

Though Anglesey is already a popular tourist spot, its profile will surely rise in the near future. The couple currently live on the island and will continue to do so while the prince remains stationed at RAF Valley as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Royals chasers might want to head quickly to Scotland, where the couple will make another official appearance on Friday. William and Kate will launch the celebration of the 600th Anniversary of their collective alma mater, the University of St. Andrews.

Excited about the Royal Wedding? It’s cool. We’re freaking out, too! Check out Gadling’s archive of Royal Wedding stories.

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