By Royal Correspondent
It might not have been Windsor or had the same pomp and ceremony – but Knowle West had its very own Royal Wedding to mark the big occasion.
In glorious sunshine, Acting head teachers at Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School, Matt Caldwell and Patricia French, took the plunge and “got married “ in a role-play of Meghan and Harry’s big day.
The bride looked stunning in a long velvet plum gown, with a mink fur cape with elegant ivory gloves, wearing a gold crown and carrying a bouquet of white roses. The groom was dashing in a floor length royal blue cape, with a red and gold ruff and sporting a red crown fringed with ermine.
Matron of Honour, Class 4 Early Years Practitioner Kim Hicks, was dressed in pink – and Best Man was school receptionist Danielle Sheppard, who wore a sporty country jacket.
There were many bridesmaids and page boys representing all the classes who threw paper confetti before the bride.
The event was attended by all staff and pupils – who made crowns to wear at the ceremony and watched the couple proceed down the red carpet – with background music provided by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.
Sandy, the vicar, had prepared the ceremony based on Joey Tribbiani’s speech in Friends.
Champagne might not have been flowing at the reception – but with the hall and tables decorated with Union Jacks – guests were treated afterwards to jam tarts and cups of tea served in the best china.
The couple cut a magnificent four-tiered white wedding cake covered with sparkly pink decorations, flags and with a small bride and groom on the top. The cake was actually made of cardboard covered in white paper – so no-one had a slice.
Staff and pupils reported they had very much enjoyed creating their own piece of royal history and that it was “great fun” and “the bride looked good”.