Britain’s Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton will be hoping for better weather than they got in northern England when the big day arrives later this month.
Pouring rain greeted the couple as they made their last public engagement before they get married.
They were in Lancashire to open a new school and launch William’s education charity, which seeks to reward teenagers who “show significant character or make a major contribution to the community.”
Among the classes they visited were design and technology where at least one student had chosen an appropriate theme for her creation – a wedding dress.
The prince thanked his hosts for a “warm Lancastrian welcome” while acknowledging it had been “a little damp.”
Next it was off to a country park before an ecstatic crowd of 15,000. William signed a deed to protect recreational spaces in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year.
The atmosphere was distinctly friendly, although the Middleton family’s lawyers have warned journalists and photographers not to hound them.