Royal wedding rumors turn to honeymoon locations

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding to a waiting helicopter as they leave for a secret weekend location, on April 30, 2011, in London.
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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace on April 30, 2011, in London.

(CBS) Prince William and Kate Middleton's honeymoon location is just as much a secret as her wedding gown designer was. Where will the newly-married couple flee from the royal wedding madness? And when?

According to a statement from the palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have postponed their honeymoon because William had to return to work as a RAF search and rescue pilot. Details of their trip will not be released in advance, so rumors are swirling over where the couple might go.

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After William visited Australia back in March, there was speculation as to whether the Great Barrier Reef would be the royal couple's honeymoon destination. That speculation slowly faded, according to Britain's Daily Mail. On Monday, the paper reported that the couple will head to a secret hideaway in the Indian Ocean for a 10-day holiday later this month.

There are several other rumored locations. On Friday, The Independent commented on the allure of Kenya, where William and Catherine got engaged, but says it doesn't seem likely they'll return for their honeymoon. Another possible destination is Jordan, but its proximity to hotspots like Syria crosses it off the list, according to the report.

For those worried about the royal couple's safety, a tropical island would be ideal. Unfortunately, photographers may bombard the pair should they choose an Italian island, the Independent reports, while Caribbean locales like Bequia, Mustique, and Necker Island may solve the paparazzi problem.

The Daily Star reported additional Caribbean island speculation last month: Barbuda, an island located near Antigua. Although Barbuda has been a long-standing possibility, the Independent notes that the upcoming rainy season for the Caribbean islands may rule them out as appealing honeymoon getaways.

The newlyweds have reportedly confused everyone as to where they will be enjoying their honeymoon. A source told the Daily Star, "Kate and William have been very clever. They've asked a number of people to make inquiries for them."

And while their honeymoon location is still a mystery, we know for sure that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make their first official trip as a married couple to Canada in the summer of 2011.