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Island buys out bunting for royal wedding party

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THE island is preparing for the wedding tomorrow of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the day in November when they announced their engagement. (Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Prince, who is sixth in line to the throne, will marry American Ms Markle at midday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Balloonees proprietor Mark Passmore said his stock of Union Flag items, including bunting, was now almost sold out given that many have held Liberation Day, Eurovision Song Contest and Royal Wedding celebrations this month.

‘A lot of the wear-ables have sold out like hats, vests and bow ties. We’ve had to pull pieces of Union Jack merchandise from the display. There’s not many shops in Guernsey that sell the UK branding.

‘We do Union Jack bunting all year round, anything Union Jack is very popular with the French children who come over to visit as well.

‘I’ve found it’s mostly middle-aged and older buying the Union Jack items, some people who lived through the Occupation have more of an emotional connection to being looked out for by the Crown than the young people,’ he said.

However, the merchandise featuring pictures of Prince Harry and Ms Markle were not as much in demand.

‘We decided not to buy them in and only three people have asked for them so far,’ he said.

Pam Bartlett, a collector of Royal memorabilia, said that although she would be taking a group away for the Jumbulance holiday to Bournemouth at the weekend she would be watching the wedding in her hotel room and inviting everyone to join her.

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‘It’s exciting. It’s a shame I think this thing with [Meghan Markle’s] father. The world will be watching. We’ll get a bottle of something to toast them.’

n Those who would like to join in with others watching the wedding on a large screen can do so at St Saviour’s Church.

The church will open at 11am, with the ceremony at Windsor Castle beginning at noon.

The church put on a similar event for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011 and about 100 people attended.

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