It's the Seychelles

Guest post by Sean Carey

It’s out. The Royal honeymoon destination is Desroches in the Seychelles, 150 miles from Mahe, the main island.

Beach on Desroches Island. Flickr/Steve & Jemma Copley

According to the Daily Express William and Kate “can expect barmy temperatures between 75°F (24°C) and 90°F (32°C)” and an encounter with “rare wildlife and giant tortoises” at a “secluded villa set amongst coconut groves and turquoise seas.”

If you read my earlier post, I was for Australia, a Commonwealth country where the Queen is head of state.

I am not a complete loser, however. I picked up in later press comments that it was unlikely that William would have sufficient holiday time from his post as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot to travel to Lizard Island, located 150 miles north of Cairns, and back. I also spotted a story that Kate was learning French.

This initiative might have something to do with the choice of honeymoon destination. So British islands in the Caribbean are ruled out, and French-speaking Commonwealth countries like Mauritius and the Seychelles moved to the fore. Both destinations fulfill the paradise island preference to which I referred in my earlier post. But how to choose between them?

I reckoned that two factors would come into play in making the royal decision. First, a direct flight from the UK to the Seychelles is eight hours, whereas to Mauritius it is 12 hours. Second, the Seychelles has numerous small hideaways in its 115 island archipelago, ideal for avoiding the long lens cameras of the paparazzi (or worse). Security would need to be a lot tighter in Mauritius where the most suitable locations for the Royal honeymooners are on the mainland.

So, my friend Laura North, who has an online account with one of the largest online gambling companies in the UK, put on £10 for herself and £5 for me on the Seychelles. She tells me she got 10/1. So £50 for yours truly minus the failed £5 bet on Lizard Island. £45 coming my way.

A result, I say.

Sean Carey obtained his Ph.D. in social/cultural anthropology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is currently research fellow at the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (Cronem) at Roehampton University. He writes for the Guardian, Mauritius Times, New African and New Statesman.

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