Welwyn Hatfield schools mark Royal Wedding

IT seems the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton wasn’t the only Royal Wedding last week.

For one WGC school had their very own special wedding service.

As part of Lakeside School’s Royal Wedding Extravaganza, an imitation wedding featuring the Lemsford Lane school’s very own Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took place.

The fun day was part of a week’s worth of preparations where students had designed and made the order of service and made electronic invitations. They also made their own buttonholes and fascinators, wedding memorabilia, the wedding cake, flags and bunting, while also chosing the music for the service and also had to make the food for the street party.

Judith Chamberlain, headteacher at Lakeside, said: “On the day everyone - staff and students - came dressed up for the wedding. ‘Kate and William’ looked magnificent as did the bridesmaids, best man, the royal family and the Middletons.

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“The bride and her father arrived in a chauffeur driven Jaguar - with white ribbons - and her bridesmaids and page boys were waiting for her as she drove up and stepped out onto the red carpet. The ‘Archbishop’ presided dressed in full authentic robes.

“After the ceremony, the confetti and the photos, the bride and groom were driven off in style and drove around town before returning for their reception where they sat at the top table, cut their 3 tier cake and had their first dance,.

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“Afterwards we all celebrated the most perfect day with a street party on the school drive

“The day was orchestrated by Rosie Hollands and Jane Williams - though they say they could not have done it without support from all the staff especially Jenny, Diama and Gill.”

* Lakeside wasn’t the only school getting in on the fun.

Busy Bees Nursery in WGC also joined in the national celebrations by holding a Royal Wedding Fun Day.

The nearby community were invited to celebrate the occasion at the nursery (decked out by pupils and teachers), and received goodies including special Royal Wedding crowns, as well as royal Union Flags.

The event included a wedding breakfast with tables decorated with name places and cake. Food and drink was also provided for tea, followed by a disco to finish the celebrations.

Nursery manager, Lisa Stevens, said: “It was a royal party for a royal occasion, with a fun and lively atmosphere that got everyone in the celebratory spirit. We wanted to make sure we put on a great event that children will remember into adulthood.”

* The oldest and very first school built in WGC, Holwell, was also joining in the fun and games by enjoying a right Royal sing song.

Pupils - all dressed for a wedding - performed There Was I Waiting At The Church, Get Me To The Church on time and Love and Marriage.

The great singing was matched by a feast of all feasts, with a wedding breakfast prepared by students and a three-tier wedding cake made by teacher Helen Chalkley.

The day’s activities wasn’t finished there however, as the children shared and demonstrated the things they had learned through the week regarding the religions, music, dances, rituals and traditions that take place in wedding ceremonies in a wide range of other countries and cultures.

Finishing of the gala was traditional fun and games on the playing field.

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