England's future King and Queen in the wild, wild kingdom!
Prince William and Duchess Kate have always loved the great outdoors — so it's no surprise that their super-luxe honeymoon on a private, rented island in the Seychelles included many close encounters with wildlife.
"They got to see some wonderful things," Amanda Hunt, press attache for the Seychelles government, told Us Weekly following the royal couple's departure.
William, 28, and Kate, 29, had visited the Seychelles before, in 2007, when they made their secret marriage pact.
"They are very aware of our environmental record and the fact that Seychelles puts such a high premium on our environment," Hunt said of the outdoorsy couple. "Over 50 percent of our land is deemed as a nature reserve…It's definitely very important to Prince William," Hunt said.
"He mentioned that again on departure, how his expectations are always superseded by how well we look after our environment."
The Prince's favorite moments? "He did very much mention enjoying the wildlife," Hunt noted, explaining that the newlyweds went on "several dives."
Among the creatures spotted: "They saw a turtle nest hatching. The turtles come off out of the sea and they lay their eggs," Hunt said. "Not many people get the timing right to be able to see the eggs hatch and the little turtles swim out into the sea. You have to get up very early to see it."
During scuba diving expeditions, the duo checked out coral, sea turtles, giant stingrays — and sharks! "Friendly sharks, not deadly sharks," Hunt was quick to point out.
William has, of course, dived around the world, Hunt said. "The Secyhelles is one of the best he's ever seen. He really loved it here!"
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