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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wills chills with Kate: Prince celebrates reunion with wife by whisking her away for romantic ski break in Switzerland

-Royal couple have been apart for six weeks

By Emma Reynolds

Ice to be together: Prince William and Kate Middleton on the slopes of Swiss resort Zermatt in 2007

It was on Switzerland's beautiful, snowy slopes that Kate and William were pictured sharing their first public kiss.

So a high-end ski resort in the Alps was the perfect place for the Prince to choose for a romantic weekend with his wife.

The Duke of Cambridge is whisking Kate away on holiday to make up for missing Valentine's Day, following a long six weeks apart in which he has been flying a helicopter for the RAF in the Falklands.

The royal couple had a joyful reunion earlier this week at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

It ended a long spell apart, in which the Duchess of Cambridge has thrown herself into her role, making solo public appearances at military and charity events.

The 30-year-old's elegant poise has won widespread approbation, on outings that included two trips with the Queen, as part of the monarch's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and a hockey game with the GB squad at the Olympic Park.

Kate and William were first seen skiing in Switzerland in 2004, and they had their first photographed kiss there two years later, with both holidays taking place at the resort of Klosters.

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This time, they will stay in an elegant chalet at Verbier, according to the Daily Mirror.

The high-end resort has been popular with the royal family for years, with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward having celebrated birthdays there, and Prince Harry spending New Year's Eve partying on its slopes.

Princess Eugenie held a low-key 18th birthday party at Verbier.

William, 29, has been serving as a Sea King pilot in the South Atlantic, while his wife of less than a year has admitted to missing him 'desperately'.

Last year the ski-mad couple reportedly cancelled a planned trip to the slopes over fears it would not be appropriate in recession-hit times.

A Clarence House spokesperson yesterday declined to comment on their holiday plans.



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