Norfolk’s message to Prince William and Kate Middleton

Best wishes have been sent on behalf of the people of Norfolk to the Royal couple as they celebrate their marriage at Westminster Abbey today.

In a message sent to Buckingham Palace, the Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson has spoken of the county's delight that the couple chose Norfolk for their first public engagement and sent congratulations on behalf of the people of the county.

Writing on behalf of Norfolk's civic leaders and the county's residents, he said: 'We write on behalf of the people of Norfolk to congratulate Prince William and Catherine on their marriage. Weddings are occasions for joy and celebration, and I know that parties will be held to mark the occasion across the county.

'Prince William knows Norfolk well through visits to Sandringham, and the couple have many friends in Norfolk. We were all delighted that they chose to attend the Teenage Cancer Trust Gala at Thursford as their first public engagement together. We look forward to their visits to the county whenever they prove possible.

'All of us in Norfolk join together in wishing Prince William and Catherine every happiness in their life together.'

Street parties are planned across the county to mark the happy occasion, with 34 street closures processed by Norfolk County Council. The council has reduced the cost of these applications to �29.04, to mark the special date (the usual cost is �30). Numerous other parties are also expected on village greens, in community centres and churches.

Meanwhile, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is planning to continue the celebration into Sunday 1 May, with its annual May Day celebrations taking on a royal theme. The event, which runs from 10am to 5pm, will give children the chance to make garlands and parade as May Kings and Queens.

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The additional Bank Holiday means that Norfolk's libraries and park and ride services will be closed for the day.

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