Kate and William jet off to the Seychelles on their honeymoon

St James' Palace has confirmed that Prince William and Kate Middleton have jetted off to the Seychelles for a luxurious honeymoon - 10 days after their lavish royal wedding.

The couple were seen leaving their Anglesey home on Monday with large amounts of luggage.

According to the Telegraph, a spokeswoman for the Indian Ocean country's department of tourism said the royal couple landed at the country's main airport at 7.20am local time this morning.

They were then transferred by helicopter to a private island where they were expected to spend 10 days at a secluded villa. The name of the island where they are staying has not been confirmed.

The newlyweds were expected to go on their honeymoon on the 30 April, the day after their wedding, but decided to delay the getaway and spent the weekend at home instead.

But now they're making up for it with an ultra-luxurious holiday in the Indian Ocean.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have a little bit of paradise all to themselves.

According to the Mirror, they're believed to have chosen one of the islands that are up for private hire. It means they will have the exclusive services of a top chef and be pampered by staff looking after their every whim.

A source told the paper: 'I think that for the first few days at least William and Kate will just want a bit of privacy.

'After the glitter and excitement of their wedding and all the organisation it involved they can't wait to spend some quality time on their own.'

And they couldn't have picked a better spot. The Seychelles is an idyllic archipelago of 115 islands, and a hotspot for honeymooners looking to soak up the sun on a white powdery beach, go sailing, scuba diving or fishing.

The climate is humid, but the temperature varies little throughout the year – from around 24C to 30CC

Check out our fast guide to the Seychelles below:

The secret delights of the Seychelles
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Kate and William jet off to the Seychelles on their honeymoon

The Seychelles are made up of 155 islands, 133 of which are comprised of coral. They sit in the Indian Ocean, around 15,000 km from mainland Africa.

Amazing. Aldabra is particularly rich in rare species, and the islands are home to over 100,000 giant land tortoises, millions of birds, fish and sea turtles. And it's a nature reserve - a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

With a resident population of only 82,000, the smallest of any sovereign state in Africa, there are plenty of spectacularly beautiful, wholly untouched environments to explore, both on land and in water. So there's plenty of guaranteed privacy for the royal couple!

Beautiful, as you'd expect! There are no hurricanes or cyclones. That's what makes Seychelles different from, and better than, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar and the Caribbean islands: the Seychelles lies outside the hurricane / cyclone belt.

Well there's the famous  coco de mer tree, which is unique to the Seychelles and produces the largest nut on earth. The fruit can weigh over 40kg....

The granite islands of the Seychelles are the oldest islands in the world.

They'll be fine. In the Seychelles, commonly used languages include English, as well as Creole and French.


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