Prince William and Kate Middleton spent the weekend in an unassuming bed and breakfast, after attending a friend's wedding
After it was revealed Prince William and Kate Middleton were planning a ‘low key’ celebration to mark their first wedding anniversary, we knew not to expect anything big. And now we’ve finally discovered what they were up to.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started their special weekend by attending a friend’s wedding in Suffolk, before nodding off, not at a swanky hotel but at the the £164-a night local pub down the road.
William and Kate, along with sister Pippa Middleton were guests at the wedding of Kate’s close school friend Hannah Gillingham, at a picturesque church near Eye, Suffolk.
And after an evening of celebrations, the royal couple joined the rest of the wedding party at the 34-room Crown in Westleton for drinks at the bar, before turning in around 1am.
General manager Gareth Clarke said they had been warned some ‘special guests’ would be straying, but they had no clue the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were about to arrive.
‘We were made aware that some special guests were arriving but we didn’t know just how special,’ he said. ‘It was a lovely family occasion with a relaxed atmosphere and they were both seemed really happy to be in a comfortable environment with friends.
‘William and Kate pitched up at about 1am and enjoyed a drink at the bar before retiring to the Swan room for the night.’
“They both ate a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs before they left in the morning.
He added: ‘They’re the first royalty we’ve had staying with us. It’s not every day you welcome the second in line to the throne.’
According to onlookers, Prince William and Kate Middleton asked to be ‘treated just like everyone else’ and celebrated by ‘getting involved and including themselves in the party.’
A member of hotel staff added: ‘They brought their dog Lupo with them in the car and he was running around on the terrace playing with our five-year-old daughter Grace.
‘When they left, they said thank you for having them and said they had enjoyed their stay.’
It’s thought Prince William and Kate Middleton left for their remote Anglesey farmhouse, where Kate was reportedly planning to cook Prince William a romantic meal of fish en papillote – in parchment – to celebrate their first, or ‘paper’ anniversary.