Prince William and Duchess Kate visit Bishops Lydeard 2012
PRINCE William and Kate Middleton were spotted at Bishops Lydeard on the first Saturday in July 2012 attending a friend’s wedding in the village.
The royal couple sat among the congregation at St Mary’s Church for the wedding of Alice St John Webster and Gerald Avenel.
Alice is a friend of Kate and Pippa Middleton, who also attended the service, from Marlborough College, and her family lives near Bishops Lydeard.
Rumors on social media sites Facebook and Twitter were rife on Saturday as people discussed the royal couple’s appearance at the picturesque village.
When the rumors were confirmed, hundreds of people gathered outside the church in the middle of the village, to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
Reverend Canon Ian Ainsworth-Smith led the Roman Catholic ceremony, which took place at 4 p.m. and was attended by more than 300 guests.
For the wedding, Kate wore her favorite LK Bennett shoes and a 490 floral print chiffon dress by Beulah with a white Jane Corbett hat.
Prince William wore a smart morning suit and shielded his wife from the rain with an umbrella as they drove from church to their silver BMW car.
Speaking from Ash Priors on Sunday morning, family members said they had a wonderful day at Saturday’s ceremony.
More than 100 guests attended a reception on Sunday with a field in front of the house used as a parking lot.
Worshipers were told the news during the Sunday morning service where flowers from the wedding still decorated the interior.
Church keeper Sarah Day said: ‘It took most of the week to settle in and it seemed pretty low key.
David Smart added: “They are probably the most prominent people we have had in the church.”
Other members of the congregation described the royal couple’s visit as exciting.
Stephen Barker, who has been at the church for five years, said: “It was amazing – there were cars and people everywhere.”
John Day added: “It was splendid to see them and a great surprise to many people.”