Royal wedding will be a day of fun for youngsters

Tea cup characters will be among the guests at Gunwharf Quays' royal wedding celebrations next Friday, to ensure a fun-filled day for the whole family
Tea cup characters will be among the guests at Gunwharf Quays' royal wedding celebrations next Friday, to ensure a fun-filled day for the whole family
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Our future King is marrying his princess in London next Friday, and people across the area are getting ready to celebrate.

Youngsters may not find a Royal wedding very interesting, but family events are in place to ensure it is a fun-filled day for all ages.

At Gunwharf Quays there will be princes and princesses, court jesters, tea cup characters, a mad hatter, and even the Queen of Hearts will make an appearance on April 29.

A Royal Wedding Tea Party is already fully booked, but visitors can still enjoy street-party style entertainment throughout the day.

The Queen of Hearts will start proceedings from her royal throne at 2.30pm and there will be family entertainment with live music from Kaleidoscope Jazz Quartet and Hampshire Police Brass Band.

There will also be a 60-strong choir from SingZone performing and children will be able to play on giant board games, such as Royal Croquet and Snakes and Ladders.

The day’s entertainment is free, but staff will be collecting for The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which supports disadvantaged young people and armed forces veterans.

Peter Emery, centre director for Gunwharf Quays, says: ‘The country has been struck with Royal wedding fever since the engagement was announced last year.

‘It gives local communities the opportunity to get together and celebrate our heritage.’

Organisers say this will be one of the biggest events in the south east with hundreds expected to attend. But it’s not the only place you can celebrate.

Osborne House near East Cowes on the Isle of Wight has long been associated with another royal love story as Queen Victoria and Albert’s personal retreat. So the house is playing host to family events on the big day.

A 10-metre screen will broadcast proceedings in London live on the Durbar Lawn, from 10am. Osborne’s royal heritage makes it an ideal place to watch the happy couple exchange vows.

Children can pretend they are at Westminster Abbey, with pageboy and flowergirl meals on offer at the outdoor event.

Osborne’s cafe and terrace restaurant will also be offering cake and afternoon tea packages for visitors.

The grounds will be open from 9.30am until 6pm and the house from 10am to 5pm.

Admission costs £11.50 for adults, £6.90 for children. A family ticket is £29.90.

If the crowds aren’t for you, there are smaller royal wedding events in the area, such as The Spring in Havant’s free craft day on Saturday, April 30, where kids can make crowns from 10.30am to 3pm.