AN EXCITED couple are counting down the days until they say “I do” on the same day as the first royal wedding in almost 15 years.
In just over nine weeks Kate Middleton will marry Prince William in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Kate’s namesake Kathryn Senior will also be walking down the aisle on April 29 to tie the knot with Chris Tarn at Wynyard Hall, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The couple, from Seaton Carew, chose their date 18 months ago, well before Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their wedding plans.
But far from being overshadowed and disgruntled, Kathryn, 31, said: “We never really thought about what it means for us. “I’m sure there will be lots of coverage.
“I’m looking forward to the build-up, as well as the build-up to ours.
“And Chris is my prince. I’d much rather have Chris than Prince William any day.”
Prince William and his bride-to-be, who was christened Catherine, will be married in front of 1,900 guests, including the Royal Family, heads of state and celebrities, including the Beckhams.
Kathryn and Chris, 27, who are both physiotherapists for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, will also be wed on that date, in a ceremony attended by about 100 friends and family.
Chris said: “We asked David Beckham but he said he was a little busy that day.
“You never know, we might get invited to a royal garden party in a few years time.
“It’s good. With it being turned into a Bank Holiday it frees up everybody to be able to come. It makes it more memorable.”
Kathryn’s twin sister Karen will be a bridesmaid with sister Claire and Chris’s sister Louise.
Kathryn said: “Our friends and family think it’s great that it is being held on the same day.
“On the day it was announced, we got lots of text messages about the royal wedding. We just see it as a positive thing.”
The couple will have their marriage ceremony and reception at Wynyard Hall and an unusual touch will be a wedding cake made entirely out of cheese, because, as Chris says: “We don’t like cake.”
While the royal couple have asked for donations to Prince William’s chosen charities instead of wedding gifts, Chris says all donations to the couple’s “honeymoon fund” will be gratefully received.
Kathryn, originally from Huddersfield, and Chris, from Durham City, have been together since 2006.
They were both in their final year of a physiotherapy degree at Huddersfield University and have lived in Seaton Carew since graduating.