A SUNDERLAND couple are preparing to celebrate their big day with another well- known pair.
Bernadette Hubbard and Christopher Rice will walk down the aisle just hours after Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I do”.
The couple, of Sheppard Terrace, Castletown, were originally unaware that they would be share the April 29 date with the royal couple, but are thrilled about it.
Bernadette, 25, said: “This will make it even more memorable and special.
“It will be great to look back in years to come and remember that our special day was so important to so many people.”
The couple, who have two children, Jayden, three, and Grace, three months, met by chance when they moved in next door to each other.
The full-time mum and 31-year-old Christopher, an engineer, started dating and knew instantly that they wanted to be together for ever.
“We were only together for seven months when Christopher proposed to me, but we both knew we wanted to be with each other. It was just right from the very beginning”, Bernadette added.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind romance but we both know it’s going to work out.”
The couple’s big day will be even more special because Christopher’s brother, Dominic, is flying back from America to take up the role of best man. The football coach moved to the United States for work, and hasn’t been home to see his family since Christmas.
Bernadette added: “Our wedding day will see all our friends and family back together again. It’s going to be so lovely. My friend Lyndsay Stammers is coming back from Skipton to be my bridesmaid as well.
“It’s going to be fantastic to have everyone back together.”
The couple will tie the knot at Castletown Methodist Church, in Castle View, at 4pm, followed by a reception at the Grindon Mill pub.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will exchange vows at 11am in Westminster Abbey. The Abbey was the venue for the weddings of the Queen and Queen Mother, and the funeral of William’s mother, Princess Diana in 1997.
The Royal Wedding day will be marked by a public holiday across the UK.