Midlands don their hats for royal pair

2011-04-30 00:00

THE finery seen in London during the royal wedding yesterday was almost outdone by the show that Midlands locals put on in celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials.

Hilton saw a profusion of smartly dressed lords and ladies attending an event at the Protea Hotel Hilton.

The screening of the ceremony was organised by Just Boutique and Marriage Meander, and featured high tea, as well as wedding cake and champagne after the televised service held at Westminster Abbey.

Guests were greeted by a set of mannequins displaying a wedding gown and tuxedo, and the tables were laid with reception style flower arrangements and candelabras.

The best dressed guests were given awards, and the gathering featured several large hats, some with feathers and flowers, to match the finery worn by the ladies.

Several Howick ladies also celebrated the royal couple’s union at their home at Amberfield Retirement Village. A tea party was held during the televised wedding with a kings and queens theme and much British bunting.

Each resident was given a crown and dressed up for the event, with Matron Pam Ollerman wearing a jewelled crown and a cape.

The community at Amberglen Retirement Village also gathered to watch the wedding, after throwing a tea party yesterday in anticipation of the wedding.

Amberglen celebrated with Union Jacks and balloons, a two-tier wedding cake and traditional Zulu wedding songs.

Yesterday’s events continued with the Fern Hill Hotel in Howick providing cosy wood fires for those wanting to watch William and Kate tie the knot, and offering visitors a menu featuring scones and tea to accompany the screening.

The Old Main Brewery in Hilton also screened the ceremony, despite power outages in the area, to make the community part of some two billion global viewers.

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