Honeymoons are all about newlyweds celebrating the start of their new life together in marriage, while enjoying some well-deserved downtime after months of hectic wedding planning.
But where to go to mark the milestone moment? There are so many romantic honeymoon destinations in the world, it’s difficult to go wrong.
But for British royals, there is one honeymoon choice that seemed to be cursed for the newlyweds, with ALL of the marriages subsequently ending in divorce. Yikes.
Four royal couples opted for a honeymoon at sea, onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia; Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Unfortunately, every single one of these marriages ended in divorce.
In fact, all of the royal couples who chose different honeymoon destinations are still together today.
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones were the first royal couple to use the Royal Yacht for their honeymoon in 1960, when they embarked on a six-week cruise across the Caribbean.
The Britannia website reveals that “Princess Margaret kept mainly to the Royal Apartments and all meals were very formal, with dinner eaten in full evening dress.”
The couple went on to be married for 18 years and had two children – David, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah – before eventually divorcing in 1978.
Also booking a break on the Royal Yacht to sail to the Caribbean were Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, who tied the knot in 1973.
Unfortunately their honeymoon didn’t exactly go as smoothly as hoped.
In fact, stormy weather and 20-foot high waves meant that their cruise journey was disrupted, and the couple were severely seasick throughout.
Not exactly the romantic start you’d hope for.
However it wasn’t all doom and gloom as the bad weather did subside and they were able to enjoy a bit of that world-famous Caribbean sunshine, before ending the trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The couple went on to have two children, Peter and Zara Phillips, who were born without titles after Mark declined the offer of an earldom.
After nearly 16 years together, Princess Anne and Mark announced their intention to separate, and were divorced three years later.
Princess Anne went on to marry Timothy Laurence, to whom she is still married today.
The royals spent 16 days sailing around the Mediterranean and exploring the Greek Islands for a sun-soaked getaway.
Unlike other royal honeymoons they didn’t have a set route, preferring to make daily plans and alter the course of their holiday.
After their journey in the Mediterranean, the couple headed back to Scotland where they spent some time in Balmoral with the royal family.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York were the final royal couple to have a honeymoon onboard the Britannia, in 1986.
The couple enjoyed a five-day sailing on the Atlantic, exploring the stunning Azores islands in Portugal.
It seems an eerie coincidence that the only four royal couples to honeymoon onboard the ship were also the only ones who eventually divorced.
No doubt the cruise honeymoon would have been appealing though – after all, the Royal Yacht was incredibly luxurious.
The Royal Apartments had their honeymoon suite, as well as a own drawing room for relaxing and games – Princess Diana and Princess Margaret both reportedly played the baby grand piano there – as well as a dedicated sun lounge where royals could take breakfast and afternoon tea.
The ship was a particular hit with the Queen , who, according to the Britannia website, said it was “where I can truly relax”.
However, it looks like the Royal Yacht Britannia ‘curse’ is unlikely to strike again, if only because the ship was decommissioned back in 1994. The decommissioning service was an emotional day for the monarch, who publicly shed a tear.