On April 29th 2011, whilst Prince William was marrying Catherine Middleton in one of the most anticipated weddings of the century, the rest of Britain were celebrating in their own unique ways.
Thousands decided to visit the capital, London, to get a glimpse of the bride and groom, the other 27million people in Britain watched from the comfort of their home, as the future King wed Catherine.
In Hull, although it was reported there had been no applications for street parties, people threw their own house parties and street parties in cul-de-sacs where there is no need for road closure. Retail stores also got into the spirit by decorating shop windows with Wills and Kate.
Heather Perry, 74, threw a party in east Hull, were a buffet was provided- complete with Great Britain style cups and plates- for her close friends as they watched the wedding together. “It is a great day for Britain. It’s a good chance for friends to get together have a celebration and toast to the happy couple. She really was a stunning bride.”
Heather along with friends Valerie Bell, 72 and Hazel, 66, were viewers of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. Hazel said: “William did his mother proud today she would have been beaming with pride seeing him marry such a beautiful and elegant woman.”
Adam Watkinson, 21, also threw his own party but once the ceremony was over everyone moved outside for a pool party. “It’s just an excuse to drink really. The wedding was a bit boring to me, but it’s a great excuse to get everyone off work and together to have a good time. Although, we were hoping for better weather, after being in the pool it was freezing!”
Surrounded by bunting and Great Britain flags, Leah Fox, 21, explained why the Royal Wedding was good for Britain. “With the credit crunch and focus on politicians, it was nice to celebrate a Royal Wedding, it was a bit like a fairytale, she looked beautiful. Even people who are not interested in the wedding get the day off work and can just have fun.”
For Danielle Pashley, 21, the Wedding gave her extra reason to celebrate, “It’s my birthday on the 30th so it gives me an opportunity to have a pre-celebration. We’ve toasted to the Royals now I can drink into my birthday!”
Whilst her friends were watching the wedding, Natalie Blain, 20, had to work. “I was not impressed I missed it. But I did manage to sneak off to the staff room to catch a glimpse of what she was wearing. Her dress was amazing and she looked like a future Queen. Everyone looked so glamorous, although Prince Harry’s hair looked a bit windswept!”
Whilst the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were celebrating becoming man and wife, Jayne Fox, 44, used the day to celebrate her recent engagement. “We got engaged on Christmas Day, but have never really celebrated it, so we just thought, what better day. Were celebrating a wedding so thought we might as well celebrate our engagement.”
The wedding may have come under criticism due to its extravagance- it reportedly cost £70million- when everyone is dealing with the recession, however, it gave the people the chance to come together to celebrate and feel proud to be British.
By Carrie-Ann Vessey