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Heather Lindsay, whose daughter Laura Ann is also getting married this year, brought “bride” and “groom” caps in the hope of getting William to wear one.

“He politely declined. He said his mother would not appreciate him wearing the hat,” said Lindsay, from Killyleagh. “I told her not to lose any more weight. She laughed and said it was all part of the wedding planning.”

Another well-wisher, Lilian Bradford, judged the couple to be “so genuine.”

“There are absolutely no airs or graces about either of them. They are so down-to-earth,” Bradford said.