Credit: Victor Bethell

The union on Saturday May 19 of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was watched by billions around the world and hugely enjoyed by our local schoolchildren and residents, too.

Various street parties took place including one on Hopwood Gardens in Tunbridge Wells (pictured right) while schools including St Augustine’s Primary (pictured above) marked the special royal marital union by taking part in fun wedding themed activities.

As part of their People and Communities topic, on Friday children in Reception donned crowns and dressed up in red, white and blue before writing invitations, making bunting, decorating biscuits and enjoying a special afternoon tea.

Meanwhile ten-year-old Jacob Butler cooked up a giant paella for more than 70 guests at a royal wedding garden party in Culverden Square on Saturday, raising money for the Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in the process.

Jacob was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged three, and has been in remission for three years.

He is a very keen chef and his enthusiasm has been inspired by his neighbour James Smart (pictured with Jacob and his mum) who grew up in Valencia and now runs the Big Dish catering company.

Jacob’s mum, Liz, says: “He learned to cook by watching James do it. He loves to create, and cooking has proved a nice, therapeutic distraction for him.”