London: Unlike most couples who can’t hope to manage a second honeymoon until retirement, it has come around rather quickly for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the couple are again heading to a deserted paradise island but this time in the South Pacific.
Only 18 months after their honeymoon on the exclusive North Island resort in the Seychelles, they will be spending a night on privately owned Tavanipupu island, famed for its crystal waters and luxury hand-thatched bungalows, as part of their first official tour on behalf of the Queen.
Before that the couple will be travelling to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Borneo and the Solomon Islands, ending their nine-day trip on the South Pacific realm of Tuvalu, the fourth smallest country in the world.
They’ll get up close and personal with wild orangutans, have an orchid named after each of them and face the challenge of being carried from a plane in a garlanded canoe.
This will supposedly be the biggest test yet of the Duchess’ much-praised fashion sense, as she will need up to 30 different outfits, including one for a trek to the jungle, the Daily Mail reported.
Her famous locks will be also well cared for as Prince Charles is privately footing the bill for a freelance hairdresser to travel with them and the couple have hired a private jet – paid for by the taxpayer – for part of their trip.
The tour has been organised to mark the Diamond Jubilee and many of the stops were chosen personally by the Queen.
The couple will also visit the Commonwealth nations of Singapore and Malaysia on behalf of the British government to strengthen diplomatic and trade links.
In Singapore, where they land on September 11, William and Kate will be afforded the honour of having an orchid named after each of them in the Botanic Gardens.
They will then head to Malaysia, staying in the capital Kuala Lumpur, where the duchess will give her first foreign speech abroad, at a hospice.
The couple will also attend a glitzy dinner hosted by the country’s king in his palace.
Then they will fly on to Sabah, the Malaysian part of Borneo, and travel deep into the jungle at Danum Valley, where they hope to climb into the rainforest canopy and see wildlife including the endangered orangutan.
On September 16, they will make their way to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
The couple have been told to expect a colourful welcome – complete with chanting warriors – followed by a drive to the capital in an open-topped vehicle decked in fresh flowers.