Suffolk: Newlyweds will share an anniversary with Royals

SUFFOLK’S answers to Prince William and his new wife Catherine will have no trouble remembering where they were on the day of the Royal wedding.

As the second in line to the throne exchanged vows with his university sweetheart, Charlotte Townsend and James Durrant were tying the knot in Aldeburgh, while Paul Macro and Rachel Ward prepared for their big day in Henley, near Ipswich.

Both sets of newlyweds had booked their weddings well in advance of the Royal announcement, but were delighted to be sharing the occasion with their regal counterparts.

Happy couple Charlotte and James were married as the bells of Aldeburgh’s Church of St Peter and St Paul struck noon.

Two hours, later family and friends of Paul and Rachel toasted their nuptials at Henley’s Manor Farm.

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Westminster Abbey earlier hosted the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as billions watched around the world.

Speaking shortly after tying the knot, beaming bride Charlotte said: “I have been up since about 6.30am. I put the Royal wedding coverage on the television as soon as I got up.

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“I watched as Kate Middleton arrived and I thought ‘oh my days’. That’s when everything really started to sink in. I felt myself getting quite nervous.

“After that everything happened so quickly. It’s been a bit of a blur.

“It was a wonderful ceremony and now we can’t wait to get on with the rest of the celebrations.”

A delighted Mr Durrant added: “We are over the moon. It’s hard to believe the day is actually here. It has been absolutely fantastic.”

The couple said they would like to thank everyone who made their day so special.

Mr Macro, 30, a manager at Ipswich Town Football Club’s retail stores, met his future wife through mutual friends at an Ipswich nightclub about seven years ago.

The 24-year-old bride, who works in Woodbridge’s Cake Shop, said: “We booked the venue nearly two years ago. We heard William and Catherine were engaged and thought it was lovely. Then someone told me the date of their wedding and I thought they were joking!”

Mr Macro, who with his groomsmen wore distinctively turquoise trainers and matching ties, added: “It is really nice to be married on a bank holiday because everyone could make it along. This was the first place we saw and we didn’t need to look anywhere else.”

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