Tea planned for royal wedding

Although the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking place several time zones away, a group of dedicated Honeymoon Bay volunteers are making sure Cowichan Lake area residents can celebrate the royal family’s big day.

  • Jan. 31, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Although the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking place several time zones away, a group of dedicated Honeymoon Bay volunteers are making sure Cowichan Lake area residents can celebrate the royal family’s big day.

“There’s a lot of interest for a thing like this,” event spokesperson Alan Scott said. “It was first discussed after the wedding was announced. My wife (Gillian) was from England, and said ‘ let’s do something for it.’”

The event is being organized by a sub-committee of the Honeymoon Bay Community Society, including Gillian Scott, Susan Restall, and Shirley Burden.

The event – a tea – will be unlike any other community tea in the past, Alan promised.

“It’s going to be a first-class event,” he said.

Keeping true to the classy nature of the royal family, the Honeymoon Bay Community Hall will be dressed to the nines, and an impressive VIP list of guests will be sent formal wedding invitations.

VIPs will include local and regional politicians, local RCMP, past and present lieutenant governors, and other dignitaries.

One unique guest will be the Queen of England herself – or, at least, a well-dressed look-alike.

In all, 25 tables, with eight people per table, will be set up.

Due to time zone differences, the Honeymoon Bay tea will take place Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m., hours after the actual wedding is aired on television, at 3 a.m. that morning. The wedding itself will be taped for those in attendance at Honeymoon Bay.

Such a large-scale professional event will require volunteers,” Alan said. As such, organizers are looking for people to step forward and offer their time to ensure the event is able to take off smoothly.

For more information on volunteering or the event itself, call Gillian Scott at 250-745-3392.