Royal wedding street party which boasts its own Kate Middleton
THE top table at a royal wedding street party in Derbyshire has been reserved for Kate Middleton.
But the guest of honour is not the blushing bride herself but a grandmother from Belper.
Residents in Springwood Gardens are planning a day of celebrations for April 29 when their very own Kate will take centre stage.
The Belper Kate Middleton said: "Everyone is really looking forward to the day itself. I am a great supporter of the Queen and her grandson seems to be a lovely young man who is very happy with his own Kate.
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"I can just about remember when the Queen got married and can recall Andrew's wedding and will be watching the ceremony next month."
The residents of Springfield Gardens are among scores from across the county planning events to mark the wedding of Prince William and his bride-to-be.
A committee, made up of residents in the street, has been set up to ensure the day runs smoothly with games such as skittles and a slow bike race being planned.
Kate, whose married name is Nicholls, plans to watch her namesake walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in the morning before joining her neighbours for the street party.
She added: "The royal wedding has come at a time when everyone really needs a lift which is why I think it is being celebrated by so many. We have a great community spirit in the street so I think it will be a fantastic day."
The street party is being organised by Helen Lalani.
The 50-year-old district nurse has already set up a committee to help plan the day when everyone will be wearing old-fashioned clothes and "big hats".
She said: "We only realised we had our very own Kate Middleton when we started planning the event. I have already got a tiara for her to wear on the day and she will most definitely be our guest of honour.
"Everyone in the street is getting involved with the planning.
"We will all be sitting down together to make bunting for the houses in the run-up to the wedding.
"We've got games planned for the children, a barbecue and, if the weather is nice, the celebrations could go on all weekend.
"An event like this doesn't come round very often so we need to make sure we mark it in some way".
If you are planning a royal wedding street party, intending to go to London to see the celebrations or even have an official invite to any part of the historic day and want to tell your story, please call Catherine Oakes on 01332 291111 ext 6501 or e-mail her at the address below.