School pupils look forward to a right Royal celebration

LET'S CELEBRATE Connor Smith, Caitlin Smith, and Liam Ramsay get ready for the Royal wedding.      Picture: Sarah Standing (110900-9204)
LET'S CELEBRATE Connor Smith, Caitlin Smith, and Liam Ramsay get ready for the Royal wedding. Picture: Sarah Standing (110900-9204)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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UNION Flags and English anthems will set the tone of a cheerfully patriotic Royal wedding party at a primary school.

Youngsters at The Waterloo School in Waterlooville have already made a head start on decorations, drawings and music for a fun-packed fete on the eve of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s big day.

They are expecting a big turnout with family, friends and neighbours indulging in Union Flag cakes, games, Royal memorabilia and singing.

Charlie Brown, 11, said: ‘I’m so excited and I can hardly wait. It’s not every day that you have a Royal wedding.

‘I’ve been working on some pictures of Kate and William and I’m also making some decorations for the party.’

James Watson, 10, added: ‘It’s great we are celebrating a happy day for our future King.

‘I’m feeling very patriotic about it because I’m proud to be British.

‘I’ve been drawing what I think the wedding dress will look like – I think it’s going to be sparkly.

‘It’s like something out of a fairytale.’

Thomas Keeling, nine, will have the honour of launching the party on April 28 by playing Rule Britannia on his trumpet.

He said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the party when I’ll be able to show my portraits of William and Kate.

‘I’ve been a little imaginative with Kate – I’ve put her on a hoverboard just after she’s been to a rugby match so her face and crown is a little covered in dirt.

‘I think the chances of Kate looking like that on her wedding day are pretty slim though.’

The Waterloo School caters for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Headteacher Anna Brown gave credit to all the children for dealing with the momentous event with great maturity.

She said: ‘There is a real atmosphere of excitement throughout the school and everyone is really looking forward to the big day.

‘We are in the process of making living history and I hope it will be a memorable occasion for the children.’

Deborah McComb, who is teaching the children the national anthem, said: ‘I hope our party gives the children a real appreciation of the significance of this wedding.

‘I remember when I was at the Queen’s silver jubilee celebrations in Southsea when I was 14. It is a memory I will always treasure.’