Back to remote Anglesey in Wales for royal couple

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The couple’s decision to delay their honeymoon, which will take place at an undisclosed overseas location later, surprised many. But after spending months planning a pomp-filled royal wedding seen before a global TV and Internet audience, they may just want to get back to their own routine.

“They’re waiting for the hoopla to die down,” said a spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the palace’s policies.

Palace officials are trying to protect the couple from the unprecedented interest in their lives, hoping to avoid the hounding that followed Princess Diana, William’s late mother. They hope to keep the location of their home in Anglesey out of the press because of security and privacy concerns.

The couple are able to move around freely in Anglesey, but there is normally at least one “protection officer” discreetly nearby.

Their haunts are well known. William sometimes eats at the Seacroft restaurant in Trearddur _ although he and his friends were recently turned away one night because the place was full _ and also likes the White Eagle pub, with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering a dramatic view of Caernarfon Bay and the Snowdonia mountains beyond.

Prince Charles, William’s sometimes acerbic father, said earlier he was glad they had decided to wed because “they’ve been practicing long enough.”

Charles had no such opportunity to gauge his compatibility with Diana. They married in 1981 after a brief courtship, produced sons William and Harry, and then sunk into a bitter, drawn-out divorce with mutual accusations of infidelity that deeply embarrassed the royal family.

Locals expect worldwide fascination with William and Middleton to boost the number of visitors to Anglesey, a remote part of Wales that boasts lovely beaches, fresh sea air and picturesque coves.

“I think this will improve it,” said W.H. Robert, 51. “We hope to get more people in, we hope to get more cruise ships in.”

The island is partly rural, with cattle and horses in many fields, partly a tourist draw, with cliff-top hotels and seaside promenades, and partly a military base. Most of its social life is built around the base, a combat pilot training center founded in 1941.

Anglesey is also a transit point for people bound for Ireland by car and passenger ferries, but the main port of Holyhead is slightly run down, with a number of vacant storefronts.

Robert said residents are fond of William because of his “just-one-of-the-lads” approach.

“People like that,” Robert said.

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