Revealed, the 165-a-night pub bedroom where William and Kate enjoyed their anniversary night (and a fry-up the next day)
18:31 GMT, 3 May 2012
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a romantic start to their first wedding anniversary when they stayed in a room with a four poster bed at a historic country pub, it emerged today.
The Royal couple shocked staff by turning up in the early hours of Sunday morning at the aptly named Crown Inn in Westleton, near Saxmundham, Suffolk.
William, 29, and Kate, 30, had a drink at the bar with friends before heading off to their 165-a-night room.
Anniversary treat: William and Kate checked in to a local pub for the night after attending a friend's wedding in Suffolk last weekend
Guests of honour: Despite it being their first anniversary the Royal couple attended the marriage of one of Kate's school friends near Saxmundham – and rounded off their trip with a night at the Crown Inn
The following morning they enjoyed a full English breakfast of eggs and bacon in the pub, which dates back to the 12th century.
The couple had earlier attended the wedding of one of Kate's closest friends from school Hannah Gillingham who married Robert Carter at Wingfield, near Eye, Suffolk.
All 34 rooms in the pub had been booked out for guests at the wedding which took place in heavy rain last Saturday.
William and Kate were secretly
booked into the Crown Inn’s Swan room which is described on the pub
website as one of its 'best' rooms, featuring a supersize four poster
The website also states that the
room includes a ‘stylish roll top bath big enough for two’. Like all the
other rooms, the bed has a duck down duvet and luxury Egyptian cotton
Country retreat: Kate and William spent their first wedding anniversary night at the three-star Crown Inn in Westleton, near Saxmundham, Suffolk
Cosy: A lounge at the Crown Inn in Westleton where William and Kate relaxed after attending a friend's wedding
Room with a view: William and Kate stayed in the Swan Room at the hotel
which comes with four poster bed and stylish roll top bath big enough
Crown Inn general manager Gareth
Clarke was on paternity leave over the weekend, but soon heard about
William and Kate’s surprise arrival.
He said: 'We were made aware that some special guests were arriving but we didn’t know just how special.
'It was a lovely family occasion
with a relaxed atmosphere and they both seemed really happy to be in a
comfortable environment with friends.
Clarke continues: 'They both ate a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs before they left in the morning.
'They’re the first royalty we’ve had staying with us. It’s not every day you welcome the second in line to the throne.'
The hotel is now anticipating a rise
in demand for the Swan room which was refurbished along with all the
other en-suite rooms at the pub in 2006.
Shocked staff: General manager of the hotel Gareth Clarke said: 'We were
made aware that some special guests were arriving but we didn't know
just how special.'
Warmth: The aptly named Crown Inn features an open fire in its dining room
Kate became friends with bride Hannah
Gillingham when they were pupils together at Marlborough College and
played together in several of the same sports teams.
Her younger sister Pippa Middleton was also a guest at the low key wedding.
It was a world away from last year, when a television audience of two billion watched the royal couple say their vows.
Duchess was determined not to overshadow the bride on Saturday,
choosing an understated blue lace dress she bought last year for her
first royal tour to Canada, teamed with a gold belt and blue fascinator.
Sources said Kate loved catching up with her old friends, some of whom she hadn’t seen for several years.
is believed that the couple returned to their remote farmhouse in North
Wales on Sunday so they could enjoy a romantic dinner together which
Kate was said to have been planning for weeks.
had been reported that she was attempting to make fish en papillote –
in parchment – to celebrate their first anniversary, which is symbolised
Royal wedding: Kate's sister Pippa Middleton (left) also attended the wedding of Hannah Gillingham and Robert Carter (right)