‘I’m marrying my own prince’

Tracey Hillier and Jason Desmond will be married at St Wulfram's.

Tracey Hillier and Jason Desmond will be married at St Wulfram's.

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A BRIDE is to marry her own ‘prince’ at St Wulfram’s Church today - the day of Prince William and Kate’s Royal wedding.

Tracey Hillier, 31, will marry Sgt Jason Desmond, 38, of the 13 Air Assault Regiment this afternoon.

While their ceremony may not be as lavish as the Prince and Princess’s, the military wedding, with Jason in full uniform and accompanied by his fellow soldiers, will be a very special occasion.

Tracey, who lives with Jason in Bridge End Road, Grantham, said: “We always say they are getting married on the same day as us, not the other way around and our friends and family keep calling it the “Royal Desmond Wedding”.

“But it’s great because on the day of the royal wedding I get to marry my own prince.”

Tracey and Jason had already set their date long before the Royal wedding was announced.

They received offers from other couples who wanted the special date but refused - despite the added problems it has caused.

Tracey said: “We’ve lost a couple of our suppliers because they wouldn’t work on a bank holiday. That was quite stressful and other prices have shot up as well.

“But we’re quite lucky because our vicar has said he won’t marry anyone else on the same day because it would be for the wrong reason.”

Sgt Desmond recently finished a three-year tour in Afghanistan where he was helping prepare the Afghans to take over the full running of their country.

He said: “They are fantastic. The culture is totally different but they are so friendly it’s unbelievable.

“I’ve made some good friends out there through the Afghan Army.

“There is still a long way to go on the training but what they have achieved in the last couple of years is amazing.”

While the work has been incredibly difficult, Jason admits it has had one perk.

He said: “It’s been good for me being away because I’ve not had bridezilla for the last 17 months!

“But it’s going to be quite an honour really and at least the anniversary will be easy to remember.”