AS the blushing bride proudly makes her way down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, communities across Suffolk are joining together to celebrate the Royal wedding.
People throughout the UK – and across the world – have been buzzing with excitement for today’s Royal event, since Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November 2010.
And communities in Suffolk are going above and beyond expectations with all sorts of celebrations planned for today.
At the Bury Picture House, in Hatter Street, Royalists are invited to watch a screening of the wedding from 10am, followed by a special showing of The King’s Speech with wedding cake and a glass of bubbly.
For those who wish to raise a glass of Champagne and toast the newlyweds, special Royal Wedding parties will be in full-swing at several pubs.
The Woolpack, in Fornham St Martin, will be celebrating with Will and Kate themselves – at least in cardboard cut-out form.
The Dog and Partridge, in Crown Street, Bury, is holding a garden party with a Royal quiz, and The Tollgate Inn, in Tollgate Lane, Bury, will be offering a blessing for couples at its celebratory event.
Alternatively, you could toast the couple with a pint of special limited edition Royal Wedding Ale.
Bury St Edmunds-based Greene King has launched its special Celebration Pale Ale for the big day, which will be available from several pubs in Bury, Horrringer, Ixworth, Mildenhall, Stanton and Needham Market. And the Old Cannon Brewery, in Cannon Street, Bury, will be serving its own limited edition celebratory beer, Hornblower.
The older generation will also get the chance to celebrate today, and to look back on their own wedding days.
At St Peter’s House Care Home, in Bury, residents will be sharing wedding pictures and stories during a traditional style wedding banquet. There will also be a wedding blessing for couples at the home.
At Hillcroft House Residential Home, in Stowmarket, residents have been busy working on a surprise display, which will be unveiled today, to mark the big day.
Break out the Union Flags for a red, white and blue party in Brandon this afternoon. The Meader family are throwing open the doors to their home in Edmund Road for a patriotic party to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury.
As well as bringing people together for charity, the Royal Wedding is also bringing village communities together across the county as they throw good old-fashioned style street parties – on the village greens.
Woolpit and Great Saxham will be holding village parties with big feasts and children’s parties.
In Buxhall, villagers can join a picnic on the green and children can take part in a fancy dress competition with entertainment from clowns and a Punch and Judy show.
In Tuddenham St Mary, the village party will kick off with a special presentation of a short film and animation made by children in the village. Youngsters will also receive commemorative Will and Kate mugs.
In Drinkstone, children will parade through the village dressed as the wedding procession before a party with a barbecue.
But for those on the look-out for a slightly wacky way to celebrate today, there are also plenty of weird and wonderful events going on.
Villagers in Flempton will be celebrating with a Robin Hood-themed feast on the green, complete with archery contest and even a duel.
Thurston and District Riding Club is marking the Royal Wedding day with a showjumping competition day.
And a tea party with a twist will be held at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, in Stonham Aspal. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea and watch the spectacular flying displays for a slightly alternative Royal Wedding day celebration.
Despite the extra bank holiday today, children made sure that they got the chance to celebrate the Royal Wedding with parties held earlier in the week.
Children from Riverwalk School, in Bury, had an extra special double celebration to mark the Royal Wedding and the official opening of a new sensory room at the school.
Pupils enjoyed making wedding hats, designing dresses and creating flower bouquets and table decorations. On Thursday the school marked the official opening of its new sensory room by staging a wedding with a local vicar, followed by a wedding breakfast.
Children at Howard Primary School, in Bury, learnt about wedding traditions from around the world and held their own Royal Wedding with an afternoon tea for pupils and parents. And St Edmundsbury Primary School celebrated with a tea party and all 200 students dressed up for the occasion.
Children from St Mary’s School, in Mildenhall; Rattlesden Primary School; Culford Pre-prep School; Admirals Junior School, in Thetford; and Glade Primary School, in Brandon, also all enjoyed street parties and wedding-style banquets on Thursday to mark the Royal Wedding.
Little nippers at Tinkerbells Day Nursery, in Thurston, dressed up as princes and princesses on Wednesday to celebrate the big day.
n Don’t miss our Royal Wedding picture special in next week’s Bury Free Press.