STREET parties, Union flags and bunting were the order of the day ten years ago as York celebrated the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

As the royal couple celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary today, we look back at how the people of York enjoyed their special day.

In York, streets, squares, pubs and churches hosted a variety of events with 150 residents gathering on York's appropriately named Westminster Road for celebrations including a high tea, fancy dress and face-painting.

Residents at care homes including Broadway Residential Home in Fulford also toasted the royal couple with Birchlands Care Home in Haxby tying in their celebrations - including a sing-along, skittles and chairobics - with a naming ceremony.

Dunnington Sports Club also hosted an event with its bar full of people in for coffee, bucks fizz and bacon butties.

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Street parties in Hunters Way, off Tadcaster Road, were organised by young friends Grace Smith, Anna and Paige, with local businesses donating goods including a three tier pork pie cake.

Some die-hard royal watchers travelled all the way to London from York to see the action close at hand.

Press reporter Maxine Gordon joined fans outside Buckingham Palace for hours to get a view of the couple, who tied the knot at Westminster Abbey.

She said: "It was a happy day with a holiday atmosphere. As Kate left Buckingham Palace for the Abbey I could just make out the lace sleeve of her dress through the car window. But the crowds went wild when the newly-weds came back to Buckingham Palace, stood on the balcony and had a very public kiss."

A group of very young fans camped out by Buckingham Palace ahead of the big day.

Hannah Greenwood, ten, camped out with her five-year-old sister Millie and their Malton-born mum Laura, along with the Bell family from Driffield and their friends Victoria Aitken, from Hull, and Sarah Hardy, from Scarborough.

Hannah, in a red, white and blue wig, said: "The best bit was seeing the cars go past and getting our photos taken."

They all enjoyed a roadside fry-up in the morning - with Yorkshire bacon and eggs.

Mum-of-three Laura told The Press: "We had to do it. We are never going to see this again. We will watch it for years to come on the telly and the kids can say: 'My mum took me there.'"

Others who had made the trip from York to London for the royal nuptials included Will McCardle, five, of St Oswald's School, in Fulford, who watched the parade with his mum and dad, Sarah and Russ.

Manor CE school mates Mollie Salter, 12 and Ellie Norris, 13, were also in London for the big day, with their mums, Debbie and Julie.

Ellie said the trip was worth it. "When I am old and sitting in my rocking chair, I can tell myself: 'I was there'."

Julie said: "We thought it was a nice occasion to all come together. It's the biggest event of the year."

Vicki Wonders, 30, from Northallerton, camped out overnight with 12 friends in order to bag a front-row spot to view proceedings. In a union-flag stetson and draped in a matching flag, Vicki said: "We just had to do it. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."