The Most Luxurious Royal Honeymoons Ever
We know the royals have pretty luxurious lifestyles. They live in palaces, wear crowns, and have regal titles. They also have beautiful lavish weddings. Of course, after every royal wedding comes a royal honeymoon, which is equally just as fabulous.
They can lounge aboard yachts for weeks at a time or jet set to just about anywhere in the world. Here, we’re taking a look at some of their most extravagant honeymoons so click through to see where your favorite royals escaped to after their weddings.
15. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
- Honeymooned in the U.K. and Malta
First on our list is Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, and her husband, Prince Philip, who had more than one post-wedding getaway.In 1947, then-Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten and the couple had two honeymoons.
Part of their initial honeymoon was in the Broadlands, which was where the Mountbatten’s Hampshire country house was. They also spent time at the queen’s childhood country home at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. However, years later, the two had a second honeymoon at a more exotic destination when they took the Royal Yacht Britannia and sailed to Malta.
Next: This royal and his bride honeymooned near where they got hitched.
14. Letiza and Prince Felipe VI of Spain
- Honeymooned in the mountains of Spain
In 2004, before he became king, Prince Felipe VI married TV reporter Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in a lavish affair. Following the nuptials, the two honeymooned in Cuenca, in Castilla-La Mancha outside of Madrid, Spain.
They were spotted taking in the sights around the town famous for its “hanging houses” suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huécar river. Everywhere the pair went they were greeted by massive crowds wishing them well.
Next: Controversy surrounded this couple’s destination.
13. Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
- Honeymooned on the Madikwe game reserve
Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, had some drama following his wedding to Autumn Kelly in 2008 when the pair agreed to sell their wedding photos to Hello Magazine for around $600,000. Controversy followed them right into their honeymoon due to the destination they chose.
The couple decided to stay at the five-star South African resort Tuningi, but only because they were reportedly offered a discounted rate to do so after allowing photos to be taken of them. Sources said the royal family was not happy to hear the news and considered it to be tacky.
A press release detailed what the trip included saying it was “filled with romantic touches, organizing dinner a deux under the stars, breakfast out in the bush, and a private safari guide to maximize enjoyment and guarantee unique memories.”
Next: This pair flew to a low-key paradise.
12. Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill
- Honeymooned on an archipelago island
In 2013, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married American Chris O’Neill at the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm. The wedding was like something out of storybook and the groom planned a special surprise honeymoon for his wife.
The pair traveled to Seychelles and stayed at a posh villa which rents for upwards of $5,500 a night. O’Neill chose the low-key location because he thought they would have privacy; however, the Swedish press got word that they were staying there and published some private photos of them.
Next: These two had a magical honeymoon before their marriage fell apart.
11. Princess Caroline and Philippe Junot
- Honeymooned in the South Pacific
Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, married French businessman Philippe Junot in 1978. While the two did not live happily ever after, they divorced in 1980, they did take some extravagant trips together.
One was their honeymoon in French Polynesia where they spent days on the island of Tahiti soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beaches.
Next: This pair had to wait months for their getaway.
10. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
- Honeymooned on an Eastern Mediterranean island
Zara Phillips, the only daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, married rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011. Following that affair, the couple had to wait a while to go on their honeymoon because of Tindall’s rugby schedule. Finally, after three months, they headed to Cyprus.
The pair stayed at the luxury Columbia Beach Resort, which overlooks the Pissouri Bay, where rooms go for around $1,000 per night. Phillips and Tindall did not opt for seclusion, but instead mingled with other hotel guests and were even seen joining in resort activities.
Next: This couple wished their honeymoon could have been longer.
9. Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
- Honeymooned in Melanesia
In 2015, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, and former model Sofia Hellqvist tied the knot at Stockholm’s Royal Palace chapel in a royal wedding for the ages. A few hours after they got hitched, they embarked on a 12-day honeymoon.
The couple flew to Fiji and stayed at the private-island resort of Laucala where the rooms cost around $6,000 per night. The two reportedly fell in love with the location and wanted to stay longer but had to return to Sweden for the prince’s racing schedule.
Next: They soaked up the sun on their island getaway.
8. Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
- Honeymooned in French Polynesia and South America
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, married her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010 at the Stockholm Cathedral in front more than 1,000 guests.
After tying the knot, the newlyweds went on their honeymoon to several different destinations. The couple first spent 10 days in Tahiti before they sailed on a royal yacht to Brazil in South America. Upon their return, the pair referred to the trip as “a dream come true.”
Next: This pair enjoyed a two-part honeymoon.
7. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
- Honeymooned in Scotland and the islands
Prince Charles married his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in 2005 and the two traveled to Birkhall at the Balmoral estate for the first leg of their honeymoon.
For the second part of their romantic getaway, they toured the Greek Islands on a yacht owned by billionaire tycoon Spiros Latsis, which cost more than $250,000 a week to stay on.
Next: They made use of the royal jet and yacht.
6. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
- Honeymooned in the Azores archipelago
Prince Charles’ brother, Andrew, married Sarah Ferguson in a lavish wedding ceremony in 1986 before hopping on board a royal jet and heading to Terceira Island in the Azores. The couple then opted to take a five-day cruise through the Atlantic on the Royal Britannia and had a Portuguese navy escort ship follow them around for security as they visited several private islands.
The Duke and Duchess of York separated a few years later and their divorce was finalized in 1996.
Next: They continued the tradition of honeymooning on the royal yacht.
5. Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
- Honeymooned in the Caribbean
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Princess Anne, wed Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 and went all out on their honeymoon. The two boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia to the “Love Story” theme song before they set sail for their Caribbean cruise to several exotic destinations including a stop in Barbados.
The princess reportedly got seasick during the trip but recovered a few days before it concluded. Anne and Phillips divorced in 1992.
Next: They stayed on a private island only accessible by helicopter.
4. Prince William and Kate Middleton
- Honeymooned off the coast of Africa
Before Princess Madeleine and O’Neill went to the Seychelles on their honeymoon, Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to go there following their 2011 royal wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent 10 days on a private island that guests can only get to by helicopter. The villa they stayed at cost close to $6,000 per night and included a pool, a private garden, a personal chef, and a butler.
Next: This pair kept things regal during their honeymoon.
3. Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
- Honeymooned in the West Indies
Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret, married Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 at Westminster Abbey. The royal wedding was followed by a grand six-week honeymoon aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and a cruise through the West Indies including to the islands of Trinidad, Antigua, and Mustique. T
he trip was nothing short of extravagant and Margaret made sure to keep things very formal by wearing a long gown with jewels and a tiara to dinner every night. Her husband followed suit by wearing a jacket to dine in.
They ended their marriage in 1978.
Next: This couple had the longest honeymoon of all.
2. Prince Charles and Princess Diana
- Honeymooned in Scotland and the Mediterranean
After Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century,” they headed on a honeymoon fit for a royal couple.
The Prince and Princess of Wales kept with the family tradition by first staying at Balmoral Castle as part of their three-month honeymoon — yes, three whole months. After that, they embarked on a cruise aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and traveled through the Greek Islands.
Next: This is how a royal prince and Hollywood princess spent their honeymoon.
1. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco
- Honeymooned off the coast of Ecuador and in the Mediterranean
Following the fairy-tale wedding of American movie star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, the pair headed on a luxurious seven-week honeymoon. The couple set sail aboard the Deo Juvante II, which was a 147-foot yacht gifted to them by Greek shipping boss Aristotle Onassis.
Their spectacular cruise began in the Galapagos Islands before they toured the Mediterranean with a stop at the exclusive Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel in Port de Pollença, Mallorca, Spain.
The yacht was later sold and today guests can rent Grace Kelly’s suite for a cool $9,250.
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