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Trustees from the Royal Maritime Club plus their guest Diana Nesbitt at Buckingham Palace

Portsmouth hotel joins Harry and Meghan at Royal Garden Party

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Trustees from The Royal Maritime Club spent time in the presence of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their first official engagement at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on Tuesday.

The party was held to celebrate Prince Charles 70th birthday – albeit 6 months earlier than his actual birth date. The prince is a Patron of The Royal Maritime Club, one of the oldest hotels in Portsmouth – established in Queen Street in 1850. The hotel was initially set up to house sailors and marines who were “between ships”.

Attending the garden party were the trustee’s chairman David Nesbit and his wife Diana; board members Mike Dawe and Mrs Jo Walters together with General manager John Alderson.

Mr Alderson said: “Prince Charles has been Patron for many years so we were absolutely thrilled to have been recognised and invited to such a special event, especially as it was the first official engagement for Harry and Meghan. We were just feet away from the couple at one point. They looked wonderful and made a point of chatting to as many people as possible. It made our day!”

The Royal Maritime Club gained ‘Royal patronage’ in 1855, after Prince Albert visited the hotel. Queen Victoria then became Patron. There have been royal visits throughout the 20th century, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. Prince Charles became Patron in 2007.

The club gained charitable status in 1883. Membership is open to all serving and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families as well as those of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Merchant Navy, for whom it was founded.

Today the club has also built up an enviable reputation with tourists and business people alike. It has 100 bedrooms, restaurant, function rooms and an indoor swimming pool, and is situated in the heart of the heritage area so perfectly located for visits to the historic dockyard.

The most romantic destinations for a royal honeymoon in 2018

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As Prince Harry and Megan Markle prepare to tie the knot this spring, Mason Rose has compiled a list of the world’s most romantic spots for a royal honeymoon this year.

Whether your dream is to live like north African nobility at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech – owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco – or cosy up in your own cabin in the Swiss Alps, Mason Rose’s selection of options offers something for every couple to enjoy.

Indulge in honeymoon bliss in Venice

Where: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose, Venice, Italy

Why go: Settled on its own private island, JW Venice offers a full package of romantic treats for newlyweds. The Honeymoon Bliss package includes a champagne and chocolate-covered-strawberries welcome on arrival and a 50-minute massage for two in the privacy of a GOCO Spa Venice Spa Suite, as well as a free upgrade upon availability and late check-out.

Rate: The Honeymoon Bliss package is available from 599EUR per night (approx. £530).

Booking: Visit jwvenice.com or call +39 041 852 1300 and quote the promotional code ‘HON’

A princess-perfect honeymoon in Marrakech

Where: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Why go: The exquisite Royal Mansour – one of the world’s most discreet hotels and owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco –  is designed to regal standards, fit for any princess. The ‘rooms’ are set in 53 individual Riads with exquisite craftsmanship throughout and the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the medina and a short distance from the recently opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum (October 2017). It has an exceptional spa which – among its myriad relaxing treatments – offers one of the best hammam experiences in the world.

Rate: The ‘Romance’ package starts from 3,300EUR (approx. £2,903) and is based on two people sharing a Riad. Valid until 27 December 2018.

Booking: royalmansour.comTremezzo for two

Where: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Why go: A three-night stay in the palatial, historic Grand Hotel Tremezzo – lauded as that ‘happy, sunny place’ by Greta Garbo in 1932 film Grand Hotel – is the picture-perfect location for a honeymoon to rival any movie star. The special offer promises luxury accommodation with lake views and a special champagne and strawberries welcome. Wake up to breakfast served every day in your room, or at the gourmet La Terrazza buffet, and enjoy a romantic three-course à la carte dinner for two at La Terrazza, masterminded by the late, award-winning chef Gualtiero Marchesi.

Rate: The ‘Tremezzo for two’ offer is available from 900EUR (approx. £798) per night, based on two people sharing a Lake View Prestige Room, and stays can be extended at a favourable rate.

Booking: Please contact reservations@grandhoteltremezzo.com and quote ROMANTIC15 or call +39 0344 42491

Desert island romance at the new JOALI Maldives

Where: JOALI Maldives, Muravandhoo Island, Raas Atoll, Maldives

Why go: Opening in the last quarter of 2018, the new JOALI Maldives is a sophisticated and artistic luxury retreat. Celebrating the joy of life, JOALI is a honeymoon hideaway that represents the ultimate romantic desert island dream; with a focus on sustainability, creativity and individual flair, it couldn’t be further from the feeling of a chain resort.

Booking: For bookings and further information please visit joali.com

Rustic romance in your own Alpine cabin

Where: Gstaad Palace, Berner Oberland, Switzerland

Why go: Rustic, cosy and incomparably peaceful, Gstaad Palace’s Shepherd’s or ‘Walig’ Hut – built in 1783 and changed little since – can be hired for an exclusive overnight stay, warmed by candlelight and log burning stoves and complete with a mouth-watering three-course dinner complimented by Swiss wine. With the building sitting proudly at 1,700m above tPatrickhe Gsteig region, couples can enjoy an inimitably romantic evening gazing over Gstaad and the Saanenland.  Pair with a luxurious stay at the fairy tale Gstaad Palace itself.

Rate: The Alpine Night at Walig Hut is available from 1,600CHF (approx. £1,220. Summer season only). The Time For Romance package is on offer on select dates subject to availability, from 1,973CHF (approx. £1,505)

Booking: Contact info@palace.ch or call +41 33 748 50 00

Free ski pass for two across Colorado

Where: The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

Why go: Ski stylishly into married life together by exploring the stunning scenery over Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass with two free daily ski passes for every night at this luxurious mountain haven (based on a minimum three-night stay).

Rates: The Ski Free package is available from 585USD (approx. £421) per night, based on a three-night stay in a Town Side Guest Room

Booking: Visit thelittlenell.com and quote promotional code NSKIF