The Crown Inn at Westleton, Suffolk. Photo: Rex
and Duchess of Cambridge
celebrated their first wedding anniversary like many other British couples might - by spending the night at a country pub.
Prince William and Kate celebrated 12 months of wedded bliss by cosying up together in a room at the Crown Inn in Westleton, Suffolk.
The royal pair surprised staff at the historic pub when they turned up in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Earlier, the couple had attended the wedding of one of Kate's best friends from school, Hannah Gillingham.
They then enjoyed a drink with friends in The Crown's bar before retiring to their £165-a-night room.
The Swan room at the Crown Inn. Photo: Rex
spent the night in the 'Swan room', described as one of the pub's best, which features a supersize four poster bed.
According to The Crown's website, the room also boasts a "stylish roll top bath big enough for two
The following morning the Duke and Duchess - who staff said wanted to be "treated just like everybody else" - enjoyed a full English breakfast before departing.
General manager Gareth Clarke told Rex Features
: "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".
He added: "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."
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