COMMUNITIES all round the region have been preparing to party in right Royal style to celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton today, Friday.
And already this week, local schools have been holding their celebrations.
On Wednesday, tiny tots at Padbury Pre-school dressed up their teddies for the Royal Wedding. And pupils at Beachborough School held a Royal Wedding street party, enjoying games including Pass The Crown Jewels.
Yesterday, Thursday, children at Tiffield C of E Primary School, St James and St John School in Chackmore, Maids Moreton Primary School and Brackley library all enjoyed parties.
Little ones from Twyford C of E Primary School dressed up and paraded to the village church where the vicar conducted a ‘wedding’ ceremony.
Today, Buckingham Town Council will mark the Royal occasion by ‘piping up’ the Union Flag on the flagpole outside Buckingham Community Centre at 10am.
Everyone is welcome on the green of St Edmund’s church in Maids Moreton, where people are asked to bring their own food and drinks for a picnic, with the Women’s Institute providing tea and cakes, and the Royal Wedding to be shown live on a screen.
The Bell Hotel in Winslow is holding a family barbecue in its courtyard from lunchtime onwards, with the wedding available to watch on a large TV.
The White Horse in Silverstone will be welcoming anyone who wants to join its tea party in a car park, while The Penny Black in Bicester’s Sheep Street will also be holding a celebration.
Celebrations at the Royal Oak in Tingewick begin at 10am with a Royal Wedding Breakfast, followed by a Royal Wedding After Party in the afternoon and a late-night party with a pig roast and live music. And Padbury and Twyford will be holding village celebrations.
And MP for Buckingham, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, has gone one better by being invited to the Royal Wedding itself.
In his monthly MP’s column, on page 9 of today’s Advertiser, he writes: ‘I have the honour of attending the ceremony.
‘While I would like to be able to boast this is down to my close relationship with the Royal Family, it is down to no such thing. I have obviously been invited in my capacity as Speaker.
‘It is a great honour, and I am very much looking forward to it. Not least because I’m as curious about the dress as the next person.’
> See next week’s advertiser for a picture special round-up of the day’s events.