Royal Wedding Fever Hits Henley

The royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle certainly showed their love for each other on Saturday at their modern day wedding in Windsor.  Henley residents and school children showed their love for all things royal by celebrating with parties around the town.

St Andrews residents enjoyed their third royal knees up with a barbecue and each household contributing to the spread of food and drink.  Children enjoyed chalk marking on the road and a craft table where they made crowns and tiaras.  The Herald was delighted to judge the Royal Bake Off competition.  Winner of the showstopper was Charlotte Fox’s Meghan cake which she made using a Disney Princess Jasmine doll in the middle.  Amber Gilbert, aged just five, won the best taste prize for her yummy chocolate cup cakes with gold coins on top and Josh Wilson aged 14 was runner-up with this beautifully decorated union jack cake.   Later in the day there was was fancy dress and headgear competition and a tug of war.  Sarah Gilbert one of the organisers said, “It’s great for everyone to be able to get together and for people who you don’t normally meet up with to have a chat.  It’s also brilliant for the kids to be outside all playing together.”

Deanacre, off Deanfield Road organised their first street party.  Residents from Deanfield Road were joined by friends from Reading Road and Park Road.  Sarah Stobie, Marianne Kuehner, Sarah Taylor, Michelle Slater and Tracy Sartin got together to organise it over the last few months.  Marianne said, “We had lots of fun at our planning meetings too, drinking lots of wine which led to us ordering rather a lot of bunting and flags!”  Sarah Taylor drew the great Harry and Meghan picture (above) which was used for the Pin the Veil on the Markle game.  The party started in the afternoon and continued into the evening to watch the FA Cup final.

Residents in Deanfield Road also staged their first royal street party at the top of the road near the roundabout.  Guests enjoyed food, drink and music with Harry (aka Monty Smith) and Meghan (Bea Gordon) making an appearance on the balcony waving during the national anthem.  Organiser Nicola Gordon said, “Having the end of Deanfield Road officially closed was very exciting for local residents. It was wonderful to see neighbours coming together and celebrating the royal wedding. The children loved being allowed to play in the road and we all enjoyed food, drinks and music! It was a fantastic celebration of being British!”

Ffion Moyle who has lived in the Harpsden Village for 25 years organised a tea party at Harpsden Village Hall for villagers and residents of Chilterns Court Care Centre.  This was Ffion’s second party after organising one for William and Kate’s wedding. The hall was decorated with bunting, a big Harry & Megan cut out and flowers by Ann Fletcher-Barrett.  Gillian Sanders, partner of Marcus Hooker the hall caretaker who works at Chilterns Court Care Centre organised for 20 residents to attend.  Guests enjoyed afternoon tea and musical entertainment played by violinist, Joana Lye from On Call Musicians. Like the royal couple guests enjoyed a beautiful elderflower, lemon drizzle & mascarpone cake made by Sarah from Cake for All Occasions which was cut by Sheila Leeman.  Afterwards Richard Moyle gave a toast and guests then sang the National Anthem and were asked to sign a book which was going to be sent to Kensington Palace.  Ffion said, “I thought Meghan looked lovely today. Our tea party seemed to go well too. I’d like to say thank you to Cook in Henley for offering us a discount and a voucher too for the raffle which was raising money for Chilterns Court Care Centre.”  

Sacred Heart Pre-School made flags, bunting, paper chains and scones for their royal tea party on Friday afternoon.  The day before they visited Henley market to buy strawberries too for their special tea.  Veronica Cintra Preschool leader said, “The children had a lovely time in the morning too watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate and afterwards each of the children had the chance to be the royal bride and groom in a role play.”

Rupert House School kicked off their celebrations on Thursday with Reception, Nursery and Rupert Bears staging their very own royal wedding with Fallon marrying Alex and Headteacher Mrs Lynas playing the role of the Queen.   Mrs Lynas said, “I loved playing the Queen although the wig was a bit itchy!  I did the same thing for William and Kate’s Wedding a few years ago and managed to convince the children then that I was the Queen.  This time the children were much more savvy and knew it was me despite my posh voice and clothes.  I’d like to thank Shiplake College Drama department for helping with my outfit and to Helen & Douglas and Cancer Research shops in Henley for my lovely hat and handbag.”  On Friday the whole school celebrated with a hat parade and picnic lunch in the garden.

The knitting group at Henley Library decorated the library window with a royal wedding theme with a knitted wedding cake topped with knitted figurines of Harry and Meghan.

1st Henley Brownies enjoyed a Royal Wedding evening with a tea of cucumber sandwiches, cakes and scones.  They also had a go at putting together the Royal Family Tree using photos and quiz about Harry and Meghan.  Afterwards they painted Royal Wedding rocks to hide for Caitlin Rocks (Caitlin Donaldson who is suffering with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia).  Watch out for these around Henley.

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