LONDON (AP) -- Honeymoon plans for royal newlyweds Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones remained officially a mystery Monday, but British newspapers contended the couple would take only four days off at the queen's Scottish retreat before returning to work.
"Too busy for a proper honeymoon," read the headline in the Daily Mail, which said the couple chose to spend their brief honeymoon on the royal Balmoral estate partly to deter the paparazzi.They reportedly spent the first night at Birkhall Lodge, a house on the estate usually used by Edward's grandmother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth.
The new Earl and Countess of Wessex, married Saturday evening at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, flew by helicopter to Balmoral Castle on Sunday afternoon after hosting a family lunch at Bagshot Park, the estate near Windsor where they will live.
Newspapers also reported details of the wedding reception, saying that Prince Edward had toasted the queen as "the best mother in the world."
Several newspapers reported that the Band of the Royal Marines played hits by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Monkees, before dressing as the Blues Brothers and bringing out the saxophones. Guests reportedly danced to 1970s hits such as "YMCA" and "American Pie."
Opinions on the wedding and the new title bestowed upon the newlyweds also filled Monday's newspapers.
Hours before the wedding, the queen revived an ancient defunct title and made Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. His bride, who has the status of princess, will be Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.
Meanwhile, wax figures of the couple took their place in Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum in London on Sunday.