Kate Winslet's new husband has given her a trip to space as a wedding gift. The 37-year-old actress wed Ned Rocknroll in a private ceremony in New York earlier this month, and the newlyweds will celebrate their union with the extraordinary two-hour flight into orbit courtesy of Ned's uncle, Sir Richard Branson, according to The Sun
newspaper. Ned, 34, works part-time for Richard's space flights venture, Virgin Galactic, which aims to offer commercial flights above Earth's atmosphere starting next year. Ned suggested the gift idea to the billionaire tycoon, who offered a trip to his nephew and his new bride for free. Tickets for the space journey don't go cheap and have already been snapped up by the likes of
actor Ashton Kutcher and comedian Russell Brand.
The couple will fly a dizzying 60 miles above the planet, where they will experience weightlessness and a chance to see the Earth's curve. Kate has previously expressed her desire of such a trip. Richard revealed in September, "She wants to go into space. I'm not sure she wants to go on a one-way trip to Mars, but she wants to go into space."
Kate - who has daughter Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton and son Joe, nine, with second husband Sam Mendes - met Ned in August 2011 while on holiday in Necker Island, which is owned by Richard. The actress saved Richard's 90-year-old mother, guiding her to safety after her home was struck by lightning. Although Kate and Ned exchanged wedding rings in an intimate ceremony, they will invite all of their family and friends to celebrate with them in Necker Island next year. A source said, "They're having a belated celebration so everyone's really happy and excited for them."