AS our beaming Prince walked down the aisle with his new bride crowds of loyal subjects rejoiced – some wiping away tears – at the Royal union.
However the happy scene was not at Westminster Abbey, but Edale’s Church of Holy & Undivided Trinity. And blushing Kate Middleton – played by Olinka Jeske – had battled a grass fight with Prince William, actually classmate Reuben Bowns-Love, just the day before.
Excited youngsters at Edale CE Primary School, one of the smallest in Derbyshire, went all out to stage their own royal nuptials. From lending a dress to baking the cake, it seemed the whole community chipped in to celebrate bringing the nation’s big day to life.
“The idea just grew, the way a lot of good things do,” said Adrian Murray-Leslie, priest in charge of the parish, who led the ceremony in his last official wedding before retirement and also crafted two bronze wedding rings. I hoped I might be the Archibishop of Canterbury before retirement so I’ve just made it.”
Before the ceremony frantic preparations filled the bunting bedecked Grindsbrook Booth school. Headteacher Rachel O’Brien said the event tied in with lessons about kings, queens, churches and castles as well as different jobs, church festivals and celebrations.
In church the bride was fashionably late – delayed by media attention – until the organ’s Here Comes The Bride signalled her arrival.
After exchanging vows and traditional readings the couple signed a photocopy of the marriage register as William Windsor and Cathie Middleton.
Chesterfield wedding planner Lisa Hilliard said: “This is the nicest wedding I’ve done”.
Edale mum-of-two Julie Morton, who did all flowers including bouquets, corsages and buttonholes, added: “It’s not every year you have a royal wedding – I’m sure the children will remember it as they get older.”