Will-Kate make surprise visit to pub on wedding anniversary

May 04, 2012, 11:17 IST | Agencies

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stunned locals by staying at a country pub, as they celebrated their first wedding anniversary

The young Royals stayed the night at The Crown in Westleton, near Southwold, Suffolk, enjoying a glass of champagne on arrival with friends. 

Normal as ever
The couple, who staff said “wanted to be treated just like everybody else”, even tucked in to a bacon and egg breakfast in the morning.

The pair had booked into the historic hotel after attending the wedding of Hannah Gillingham, one of Catherine’s best friends from school.

No Airs: In an attempt not to overshadow the bride, Kate wore the same dress that she wore during her first royal visit to Canada. File pic/afp

The Duchess, who was tactfully determined not to overshadow the bride, wore an understated blue lace dress she bought last year for her first royal tour to Canada, teamed with a gold belt and blue fascinator.

Sources said Kate loved catching up with her old friends.
Once there, staff said, they “joined the party”, chatting with friends and drinking champagne in celebration.

Friendly couple
Staff said the couple were polite, friendly and clearly enjoyed the company of the wedding party, telling hotel workers they had thoroughly enjoyed their stay.

General manager Gareth Clarke said, “We were made aware that some special guests were arriving but we didn’t know just how special. It was a lovely family occasion with a relaxed atmosphere and they were both seemed really happy to be in a comfortable environment with friends.”

Clarke told how the couple had tried to be as normal as possible.

“They both ate a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs before they left in the morning. They were first of royalty that we have had.”

It is believed that the couple returned to their farmhouse in North Wales on Sunday so they could enjoy a romantic dinner together.

It had been reported that Kate was attempting to make fish en papillote to celebrate their first anniversary, which is symbolised by paper.

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