Couple’s thrill at attending royal wedding

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton and (below) Paul and Gemma Jones

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton and (below) Paul and Gemma Jones

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THEY were guests at the wedding of the year ... and reckon it was even BETTER in real life!

Sgt Paul Jones and his wife Gemma, who are from Astley and Lowton respectively, were invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which was watched by two billion people worldwide.

Paul and the Prince are part of the same RAF Search and Rescue flight and have worked together for about a year.

And right up to the event the couple, who have two children Finlay, four, and one-year-old Alex, could not believe that they were going to be guests at the historic events.

Especially when they realised they were sitting close to Elton John and they even managed to get on the TV coverage!

Paul, 27, from Astley, said: “There was so much build up to the day that it could have been an anti-climax, but it absolutely wasn’t, it lived up to everything we thought it was going to be and more.

“It was surreal in a way, we didn’t anticipate quite how big it would be.”

For Paul and his family, who are now based in Anglesey at RAF Valley, the day will go down in history and the story of their attendance at the royal wedding will be told for years to come.

Paul added: “It was just amazing and we didn’t want the day to end.

“On the way in people were screaming when they saw us because we were in our uniform and afterwards people were coming up to us on the streets of London asking to shake our hands and have their photos taken with us just because we’d been there.

“In the Abbey we were sitting just behind Elton John and David Furnish and had time to do a bit of celebrity spotting, in fact I think the only person we didn’t see was Rowan Atkinson.

“We saw Sarah Burton with Catherine getting her dress ready, it was just so amazing it is difficult to describe.

“Our son Finlay saw us on the TV a couple of times too although we were told he couldn’t understand why we weren’t waving back at him when he was waving to us.

“Now we’re all back at work everybody is still buzzing about it and we’re still exchanging stories.”