Kate Middleton and Prince William’s romantic anniversary in cosy country pub

Kate and Wills one year on: the royal couple enjoyed a low-key anniversary
Kate and Wills one year on: the royal couple enjoyed a low-key anniversary©Rex Features

They are perhaps the most powerful couple in the world, and could have marked their first year as husband and wife in any choice of exotic locations.

But Duke and Duchess of Cambridge instead chose to spend their first anniversary in a cosy country pub costing £165 a night, with a group of friends.

It was a decision that proves just how down-to-earth the pair are, shunning many of the airs and graces that tend to be associated with royal life.

Kate and Wills chose to stay in the Crown Inn, which is described as a "village inn and luxury boutique hotel" on the venue’s website, after attending the wedding of one of Kate’s school friends, Hannah Gillingham, on Saturday, April 28.

Situated in the idyllic English countryside in Sussex, the hotel is quaint and homely, which no doubt attracted the couple, but is a million miles away from the grandeur of one of the royal palaces.

After attending the wedding, the couple checked into the homely looking pub and enjoyed a glass of fizz with other friends and guests who also attended the big day, before bedding down for the night.

The royals stayed in the Swan Room, which boasts a four-poster bed with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, and a roll-top bath big enough for two.

After a good night’s rest, the couple emerged in the morning of April 29 to enjoy a leisurely breakfast with some of the other wedding guests.

It was a far cry from the way the couple spent the day this time last year – marrying in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey in front of 1,900 guests.

But it seemed much more suited to the private couple, who are known to enjoy time away from the glitz and glamour of royal life, spending quiet time together in their cottage in Anglesey in North Wales.

After leaving the hotel, Kate and Wills are believed to have headed back home where the Duchess attempted to whip up fish en papillote – fish cooked in parchment – to mark the couple's first anniversary,symbolised by paper.


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