EARLY years children at Windsor's Queensmead School held their 'royal wedding' on Wednesday - as the town waited with baited breath for Princess Eugenie's nuptials to happen two days later.

A floral archway was set up on the steps of the school's main floral archway outside the reception area and the youngsters walked through it wearing handmade wedding clothes specially created by the head of Early Years Pat Keen.

Ruyan Donovan, who is marketing manager at the school in Kings Road, revealed that the event was actually inspired by an earlier royal event that happened on the same spot.

She said: "What we are doing is reenacting a part of history which happened at Queensmead for Prince Leopold."

In 1882 the school building was the home of the Duke of Albany Prince Leopold, son of Queen Victoria, who drove in an open landau drawn by three greys after his wedding down the Long Walk, into Kings Road and through the triumphal arch that now frames the school.

The young 'brides and grooms' who passed through the arch on Wednesday were only four or under, so did not really appreciate the history. But they certainly looked the part.