William, Kate off on delayed honeymoon

Britain's Prince William walks with his wife Kate Middleton, now officially the Duchess of Cambridge, as they make their way to Buckingham Palace for an evening wedding reception on April 29, 2011, in London. Picture: Kate Middleton's wedding dress Pictures: The royal wedding kiss The Royal Wedding in pictures Complete coverage: Britain's royal wedding AFP/Getty Images

LONDON - Buckingham Palace officials say Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, have departed on their delayed honeymoon.

William's office declined to say where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have traveled and for how long, but stressed on Tuesday that the couple has requested that their privacy be respected during their honeymoon.

The couple decided against an immediate overseas honeymoon after getting married in London at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

They opted instead to spend their first weekend of married life at their home in Wales before William returned to military duty as a helicopter rescue pilot.

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The palace says the prince has taken two weeks leave, but would not specify how much of that time will be spent on his honeymoon.

British media on Tuesday widely reported the honeymoon had kicked off in the Seychelles islands, in the Indian Ocean.

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