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Several people from West Berkshire were involved in different aspects of the royal wedding

IT may have taken place in London but the royal wedding proved a very West Berkshire affair, from the photographer to the florist, the hats, suits and jewellery, to of course, the bride herself.

Chapel Row's most celebrated daughter Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge following her marriage to Prince William on Friday, in a ceremony watched by up to two billion people worldwide and 1,900 people inside Westminster Abbey.

Among the specially invited local guests were the MP for Newbury Richard Benyon and his wife Zoe, who designed the £15,000 earrings worn by the Duchess and her bridesmaids, Bucklebury butcher Martin Fidler, Hash and Chan Shingadia, the owners of Peach's store in Bucklebury, and John Haley, landlord of the Old Boot in Stanford Dingley.

Tasked with taking the special pictures which would forever capture the historic day, Hungerford's Hugo Burnand was appointed the photographer for the wedding.

“I had to pinch myself on the actual day to make sure it was real,” he said.

Pangbourne florist Emma Sampson, of Green Parlour Florists, was contacted personally by Kate Middleton to create the floral displays in Westminster Abbey, and Get Ahead Hats, Baughurst, also supplied some guests with fascinators and hats.

A district united in celebration saw Newbury almost deserted, while roads were closed to host street and house parties, as miles of bunting and flags painted West Berkshire red white and blue.

In Bucklebury two events were held; a party on Chapel Row green, just hundreds of metres from the family home, and a bigger bash at Bucklebury Farm Park; Tea in the Park, to which the 2000 residents of the village were invited.

To see a video montage of how people in West Berkshire celebrated the royal wedding, click on the video link above.

Meanwhile, for our other videos from royal wedding events, click on the related stories link above and for all the pictures, click on the link below.



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