UK holidays for Princes and Prime Ministers

David Cameron - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011Much has been reported recently of William and Kate’s decision to enjoy a short honeymoon at home and after all the glitz, glamour, pomp and ceremony of the wedding it makes perfect sense to find some peace and quiet in a secluded British bolt hole. While nothing is known of their choice of UK destination, it is perhaps no surprise they opted against a lavish overseas holiday, after both spending their prenuptial stag and hen celebrations at home too. Now it is reported, from Palace officials, that when the couple do have their ‘official’ honeymoon, it too will be spent within these shores rather than the much vaunted suggestions of Africa or the Caribbean.

Wherever the happy couple choose to go it is bound to provide a boost for that destination, with others keen to bask in some of that reflected glory which comes with a royal seal of approval. They are not the only high-profile couples to choose a UK staycation of course, with Prime Minister, David Cameron and his wife spending last year’s summer holiday in Cornwall, encouraging others to do the same. Perhaps William and Kate will choose the south coast too and indeed the hot money is on the Scilly Isles, an archipelago of five islands off the Cornish coast.

The unspoilt islands of the UK are the ideal choice for a getaway. They often represent a microcosm of the UK as a whole, providing plenty of opportunities for boundless activities or choosing to do nothing at all, but take it easy and admire the views. William has been to the Scilly Isles before, as a child on family holiday and it was famously the holiday destination of choice for the former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. These hitherto little known islands are perhaps about to be given a lot more prominence.

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