Te Aroha To Host a Right Royal Love Affair!
Ardent royalist Angela Thompson is in her element as she busies herself organising a celebration of love to mark the royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend.
Angela Thompson is well known for her royal fervour at the Corogate Cafe, Waitakaruru and her royal passion is still going strong after her move to Te Aroha.
Thanks to Angela a mass vow renewal ceremony will be taking place at the foot of the Mountain of Love - Mount Te Aroha this Saturday.
But wait...there's more. Celebrations get underway tomorrow, Thursday, May 17 when the Ulysses Club intend to continue growing old disgracefully and ride into Te Aroha with royals aboard their bikes. There's sure to be plenty of royal high jinx throughout their visit when they lunch at the Te Aroha RSA at 12.30 pm before heading to the local community hospital and retirement village to give everyone a royal wave.
The Te Aroha Domain is the place to be from 10.30 am this Saturday (Harry and Meghan's wedding day). There will be free rides for the children in carriages decorated with union jack's and people are encouraged to dress the kids up as princes and princesses so they can join in the Royal Procession with lookalikes of the Queen and Prince Phillip, Prince William and Kate, Camilla, Charles and even Prince Harry and Meghan at 11.30 am.
The Army Enactment Society will be forming a Guard of Honour and at 12 pm marriage celebrant Wanda Brittain will officiate for the mass renewal of vows.
A pigeon release will follow the ceremony and the Old Boys Detour Band is providing music suited to the occassion.
Refreshments will be available for a fee and Angela recommends people take along a picnic to share.
A bridal display and royal books available to buy will give visitors more royal eye candy to look at too.
There are prizes for the best dressed and everyone is welcome to come dressed for a wedding, whether it's their own bridal party or as wedding guests.
Paeroa local Robin Moore, formerly of Waihi and well known around the Hauraki District is one of the couples retying the knot on Saturday and she will be wearing the same wedding dress she wore 29 years ago when she married in 1989.
Photo: Colin and Robin Moore in 1989
Prince Harry and Meghan