Brand and Perry honeymooning in Maldives

Comedian Russell Brand and his singer bride Katy Perry flew to the Maldives today after their wedding at an Indian tiger reserve.

Under tight security, the couple tied the knot on Saturday at an exclusive resort strewn with colourful lights and flower garlands.

Today they boarded a helicopter near Ranthambhore National Park and arrived in the city of Jaipur, where they took a chartered flight to the Maldives.

The nation of tiny coral islands in the Indian Ocean is renowned for its upmarket resorts.

Locals had mixed feelings about the celebrity visit, and Rajasthan state’s chief minister ordered an investigation into public complaints about party noise that lasted into the early hours of Sunday.

Local laws bar noise that would disturb local communities or wildlife after 10pm.

The Ranthambhore National Park is home to tigers, leopards, wild boars and other animals.

Meanwhile two men from the wedding party apologised for assaulting four news photographers then taking their car keys and stranding them in the wild tiger reserve on Friday. The written apology acknowledged “physical assault” and “bad behaviour”.

Because of the apology, no formal police investigation was opened. None of the photographers sought medical care.

Local hoteliers and tour operators said the celebrity wedding brought positive attention to the tiger reserve.

The wedding “would only serve the cause of tiger conservation”, local hotel owner Balendu Singh said. “The event was a big success, and Ranthambhore would get enough mileage as a tourist destination.”

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