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Adriatic island again hoping to host British royals

Croatian Times

Residents of the Croatian island of Rab have boosted their hopes to host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their mayor received a letter from Buckingham Palace.

Mayor Zdenko Antesic believes Prince William and Kate Middleton could follow King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson who spent holidays on the northern Adriatic island in August 1939.

"The English royal family is a great institution and their visit to our island would be of great benefit to our tourism industry," mayor Zdenko Antesic told Croatian daily Jutarnji List. He has reminded that the visit of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson had launched nudism on the island as they had sunbathed naked in the bay of Kandarola.

The mayor said the British royals were not precise whether or when they would visit the island, but a letter from Buckingham "Palace keeps the hope alive." The letter from Buckingham Palace was actually to thank the mayor for an invitation he sent to Prince William and Kate Middleton to spend their honeymoon there. "Warmest thanks and best wishes" to the mayor and his colleagues, as stated in the letter, give Zdenko Antesic and the islanders an extended hope they'll have British royals on the island again in the future.




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