Myra and John Black celebrate the royal wedding and have high tea together at Millbank Village.
Myra and John Black celebrate the royal wedding and have high tea together at Millbank Village. Max Fleet

A right royal celebration!

ROYAL wedding fever took hold of residents at Millbank Village Aged Care facility yesterday, as they toasted the good health of Prince William and the new Princess Catherine with a high tea – and a few weddings of their own.

Not real ones, of course, but a parade of wedding dresses belonging to staff and their families, with some dating back about 40 years.

The residents gushed at the gowns as they recalled their own wedding days.

Whispers of “I remember those sleeves” and “I wore a veil like that one” were heard all across the room.

The look on Estelle MacGregor's face was one of pure pleasure, as years of memories flowed freely.

“Anybody would think I was getting married today – I've got the jitters,” she said.

A confessed admirer of the Royal family, Ms MacGregor said she was in awe of the parade of changing fashions.

“It's going back to our yesteryear marriages – they are the dresses of the eras we grew up in,” she said.

It wasn't just a trip down memory lane for the women but also for some of the male residents, who were reminded of their own wedding days.

Garnet Mahoney said he was taken back 70 years when he married his wife, Anne.

“We had 70-odd years of happy life, I miss her terribly,” he said.

Diversional therapist Maree Organ organised the day and said the residents had been looking forward to the day.

“You could see the joy on their faces when the dresses started coming out,” she said.



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