Royal couple’s honeymoon could inspire new destinations, charitable travelingPublished 12:32pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011
My highly admired travel and tourism professor once quoted, “a week in London is hardly scratching the surface. London indeed has so many magnificent sights.”
But on April 29, all eyes were turned to the city for the royal wedding, which was such a success, that London is suddenly in a whole new category…romantic. Now, speculation ripens as to what glorious destination the royal couple will choose for their honeymoon. We do know that they will take two weeks to depart, because Prince William (now the Duke of Cambridge) will resume his position as a search and rescue operator.
This humble position makes a very important statement to the world as a charitable work.
Will they choose the private estate in Balmoral, Scotland, or a reliably sunnier spot?
Will it be the antiquities of Petra, Jordan, where ancient palaces and treasuries were mysteriously carved into the rock?
Will they go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, so recently devastated by floods, or will they visit the late Princess Margaret’s retreat in the Grenadine island of the Caribbean, called Mustique?
Their decision will likely be based on a new modern requirement for the rich and famous, that it be “paparazzi proof.” To that end Mustique could be a good choice. Princess Margaret made her mark there, but it was really made famous when Mick Jagger moved in.
However, no sooner did he finish his estate, than wealthy tourists and paparazzi began to appear, and Jagger had to fortify his sanctuary for privacy.
Other princes are also known for charitable works related to travel. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the late Princess Grace Kelly’s son, not related to the British royal family, has made such an extraordinary contribution to wildlife and the environment, that Silversea Cruises, the ultra luxury line, named the expedition ship of their fleet after him.
Weeks ago, this ship was involved in a miraculous story of rescue.
The passenger laden Prince Albert II arrived a day early to the remote island of Tristan de Cuhna, regarded as the most important bird island in the world, to witness the rare sea birds that live there, home to half of the world’s population of Northern Rockhopper penguin.
As a strange coincidence, they stumbled upon a large supply ship crashed against the rocks. The MS Oliva was carrying supplies to the community of fewer than 300 people, including 1,500 tons of oil. Passengers participated as the expedition team rescued the remaining crew just before the ship broke apart.
Now an oil spill threatens the sea birds, and the clean up organization needs help, but had the ship never made a stop to that island, the situation would have been much worse.
Wherever the royal couple, “Kate and William,” chooses to go, the world will follow them with glowing adoration, and like Prince Albert II (who will be married this summer as well), it appears their image of good works and charity will set an example, and conserve the delicate places left in the world for us to experience.