Suffolk: Delight at right royal engagement

SUFFOLK: Dignitaries across the county today expressed their delight over the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Liz Harsant, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “It’s wonderful news and I felt very excited when I first heard it.

“I’m happy for them as a couple and for the country as a whole – a lot of people are going to be feeling delighted right now.

“I remember Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding – that was a wonderful occasion – and I’m sure this one will be as well.

“It will bring the crowds into London and re-ignite interest in the Royal Family.”

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “It is fantastic news and I’m sure they’ll make a great couple.

“Everyone at Suffolk County Council would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”

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The Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Tollemache, said: “I was delighted when I first heard the news as I’m sure were many people in the county.

“I’m sure they will go to have a very happy marriage together. It is clear that they are both deeply in love.

“I have a lot of admiration for the pair of them. Prince William is a fine young man and she is a delightful girl.”

Felixstowe mayor Jon Garfield said: “We’re delighted for them and we hope they will be very happy together.

“I’m sure most people in Felixstowe will be delighted as well because I think they’re quite popular.

“We had a street party when Charles and Diana were married, so if it’s a nice spring or summer wedding day, I would love to see the people of Felixstowe celebrating.”

Meanwhile, the aunt of Princess Diana, who lives in Suffolk, has said her niece would have been delighted at the news.

Lady Anne Wake-Walker, who lives in East Bergholt, said the late princess would be very proud of the royal engagement.

“It is absolutely marvellous,” she said. “I am sure Diana would be very pleased. She adored her children. She would be very proud.”

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