Shottle’s royal wedding

Prince William at Shottle Hall
Prince William at Shottle Hall

shottle Hall, near Belper, is celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton by showing the ceremony on a giant screen.

At a garden party fit for royalty, guests will enjoy a quintessentially British day of celebration to mark the future King’s nuptials.

Ironically, the Prince visited Shottle Hall in 2005 while on work experience at Chatsworth House. Shottle Hall was undergoing a refurbishment at the time.

For the day of the royal nuptials, Shottle Hall, which is situated within the Chatsworth Estate, will be offering cream teas, Pimms, a barbecue and, of course, a slice of wedding cake.

There will be Union flag bunting, games on the lawn, and a best-dressed competition for children aged under 12 who attend the event dressed as a prince or a princess, flower girls or even coldstream guards.

Meanwhile, guests will be able to watch the happy couple walk down Westminster Abbey’s aisle on a screen in the hotel’s Orangery.

The event starts at 10am, in time for the wedding ceremony at 11am, and the fun continues all afternoon with face painting, a bouncy castle and stalls.

James Davis, sales and marketing director at the hall, said: “As a wedding venue we couldn’t let the biggest wedding of the year pass by without doing something special.

“We’re planning a very British event and hope there will be a really traditional feel, reminiscent of the street parties held after previous royal weddings, or during the Silver Jubilee.

“It was during our refurbishment programme that Prince William actually visited Shottle Hall.

“He was very charming and extremely interested in what we were doing. Everyone at Shottle is looking forward to flying the flag for both him and Kate on their big day.”

Entrance to the garden party is free and anyone can attend, but to be entered into a prize draw, book your place at the event by ringing Shottle Hall on 01773 550577.