As the April 29 nuptials near, royal watchers can’t help but wonder where the couple will spend their first weeks as newlyweds. Will it be at the exclusive K Club on Barbuda, a favorite of Princess Di? Or will they jaunt off to a private cottage in Scotland? Insiders speculate that Kate and Will may be headed to the Middle East, specifically the ancient city of Petra.
Romantic royal honeymoons
While details remain a mystery, we take a look back into royal honeymoons past:
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, 1947
This royal couple kept it relatively low-key, spending time in Broadlands, the Mountbattens’ country home, and in Birkhall, Queen Elizabeth’s childhood home.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 1981
After the ceremony, the couple caught the train to Romsey in Hampshire where they stayed at Broadlands, the family home of Prince Philip’s family, the Mountbattens.
Next, Charles and Diana boarded the royal yacht for part two of their honeymoon. They spent two weeks cruising to Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, the Greek islands and Egypt and finally capped off their trip with a jaunt to Scotland. There, they spent time with the royal family in Balmoral.
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, 1999
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones began their honeymoon at the Queen’s Scottish retreat. After a family lunch at Bagshot Park, the couple flew by helicopter to Balmoral Castle. They stayed at Birkhall Lodge, a house on the Balmoral estate usually used by Edward’s grandmother, the Queen Mum.
Honeymoon princess style
Brides-to-be, jet setters, and anyone looking to crib a completely modern summery glow, take note. We polled celebrity makeup artist and Piret & Tamara co-founder Tamara Palumbo for a go-to guide on getting gorgeous on your getaway.
“Honeymoon makeup should be effortless and romantic looking,” says Tamara.
Honeymoon makeup tips
Eyes: Smudge a shimmery, golden apricot shadow (Piret & Tamara Eye Silk in Sunset) across lids to give any eye color a boost without looking overdone. Apply 2 coats of jet black mascara for a sexy fringe to frame your eyes (Cover Girl Lash Exact). Skip the eyeliner.
Face: Enhance your tan or add a little faux glow with a silky powder bronzer (Guerlain Terracotta) and add a healthy pop of color to cheeks with a pinky/peachy blush. (Nars Super Orgasm)
Lips: Go sheer and bright. Choose a clear hot pink gloss to brighten complexion and create a sexy, kissable mouth. Piret and Tamara Lip Slip in Strawberry is perfect because it’s hydrating and smooth but never sticky. Plus, blue-based glosses like this one make your teeth look whiter!