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Amid all the hoopla over the announcement that -- finally! -- Prince William and Kate Middleton are to be married, a paragraph in the New York Times' Lede Blog confirmed to Jonze that, yes, of course, there is a travel angle here (and not just the news that the prince proposed during a holiday in Kenya).

According to the Times: Supporters of the monarchy could defend the expense of a royal wedding as a stimulus package for the British tourism industry. “That is, after all, one of the main economic arguments in favor of maintaining the institution, that it is a steady draw for tourists who visit the British capital to see the Windsors in their pomp.”

So Will can hopefully keep that fancy title thanks to the travel industry. You’re welcome, Your (future) Majesty!

The Times report also credits another very British institution, the BBC, which says that “Restaurants and hoteliers can now look forwards to a two-year bulge in tourism numbers, with the 2011 wedding to be followed by the 2012 Olympics.”

Now, onto more new matters. Like, where will Will and Kate honeymoon? Lonely Planet has some ideas. Among other destinations, it suggested in an email today that he might like New Zealand: it’s hosting the Rugby World Cup next year; William is a rugby fan. And she, by all accounts a very private person, might like “a secret island” a la the Torres Strait Islands in Australia or the Ssese Islands in Uganda.
Lonely Planet also proposed the “Ultimate British Honeymoon,” including walking Hadrian’s Wall, sailing around Scotland and staying in a caravan on the Norfolk coast. 

How about a cruise? Lonely Planet suggested cruising the Galapagos on Princess Grace Kelly’s yacht.

But that’s a royal yacht, and if Jonze has learned anything over the past few days, it’s that Prince William and Ms. Middleton are a down-to-earth, modern couple. So we spirited over to the Cruise Log, where USA Today cruise reporter Gene Sloan is, very democratically, polling the masses: Which cruise ship would be best for a royal honeymoon? Choices range from the Hebridean Princess to the Carnival Splendor.

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