By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
IT appears that every Briton on the island intends to celebrate the Royal Wedding tomorrow but for one Majorcan resident, it is going to be an extra special day.

Izzy Newman grew up in Windsor and went to school at the convent opposite the Guildhall where Sir Elton John got married. “I've always been quite patriotic having grown up in Windsor and would often bump in to the likes of Princess Anne in Boots etc. and see the others in the park, they'd always give you a wave, but I also remember being chosen to line the route of the Queen's walkabout to mark her Jubilee in 1997. I was only eight and all decked out in my uniform with white gloves on. She didn't stop, but she gave me a smile,” Izzy said yesterday.

Her mother bumped into Prince Philip at a mixed rugby match (“if there were more women rugby teams there would be more men” Prince Philip quipped) picture stands proudly on the mantelpiece - and later, Izzy and her best friend from Iceland actually met Prince William,. “We were at a charity polo match in aid of the Gurkhas and my friend wanted to see the horses. So we went into the stables and among the stable girls was Prince William grooming his horse. A few pictures were taken and we had a lovely chat with him,. He was so charming and easy to talk to. He and Kate will make a wonderful couple, I've thought so since day one.” Izzy said yesterday. So, some 50 guests will be attending a “patriotic dress and British food” wedding celebration at her home in Capdella. “It will begin with bacon butties in white bread baps and strong Yorkshire tea and then move on to Cumberland sausages on the BBQ accompanied by Pimms,” she added. “And we've got some serious royal watchers coming. But, even in the village, the locals seem excited. Even the local bar is going to be showing it live.” There is also going to be some major celebrating in style going on at Tim's Bar in the Port of Andratx where Jenny Cross has a group of 20 together for special “hat for ladies” party. “The bar's been great, they're laying on special food and the bunting's going up. We're getting there at 11am to watch in on the big screen and we're all very excited. “We had an Ascot day last year, but this is going to beat that,” she added. “This is one event we certainly were not going to miss,” she added yesterday. Elsewhere, the Hotel Son Matias in Palmanova is beginning its celebrations at 9am and finishing with a champagne toast at 1pm.

In Magalluf, the owners of the Prince William and Prince Harry bars is also throwing parties kicking off with special wedding day breakfasts with both pubs decked out in bunting and pictures of the happy couple. And, in Pollensa, it appears that the entire town is coming out to party.

Hardleys American Diner is opening with a wedding breakfast at 9am which is going to be followed by a British street party, afternoon tea and wedding cake. There will also be face painting a bouncy castle “just like the good old days” with people free to take along their own food and drink.

There will also be live music and at 7pm, there is going to be a special presentation of the big cheque to Cancer Relief.
Can Balache is also having a street party from 11am for the build up to the wedding with large screens on the terrace and in the bar with lunch being served at 1.30pm.

And, apart from a host of public and private celebrations across the island, Margaret Whittaker O.B.E will be hosting a gala celebration at Mood Beach Club from 9pm which will be attended by the British Consul to Majorca and Minorca, Paul Abrey.