A RELATIVE of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will be wishing her all the best on her wedding day tomorrow - from behind his chip shop counter in County Durham.
Fish and chip shop owner Pete Beedle, was amazed to learn he is distantly related to the future wife of the heir to the throne last year.
Since then, Pete, 47, of Bishop Auckland, has been cooking up a host of ideas to celebrate his newly-found cousin’s big day, including a specially-prepared magisterial menu for his customers.
The father-of-two, who owns Beedle’s Chippy, in Oaklea Terrace, said: “It was about four years ago when a national newspaper approached my mother to enquire if she knew if we were related to the Middleton family.
“But we didn’t hear anything more and my mother did some genealogy herself and found that there was a definite link between her grandparents and Kate’s great grandparents.
“So in a nutshell, Kate’s grandmother Dorothy, is my mum’s cousin, which boils down to me being Kate’s second cousin.
“My mum can remember going down to London for family holidays and playing with her cousin as a child.
“When people look back at their family history, they dream of being related to royalty, someone famous, or just finding something interesting. So I think it’s great for my family. My mother is the last of the Temples in that line and she is over the moon about it. It’s also great for my children and it will be fantastic for their children too, because she’s going to be the Queen one day.”
Pete found out through his mother Shirley that he was Kate’s second cousin once removed. Pete and Kate share great-grandparents Thomas Temple and Elizabeth Myers and their family is descended from Durham pitmen. To mark the special occasion, he will be serving up a range of special dishes designed to help his customers get into the matrimonial spirit of the occasion.
“It’s all in going to be in good humour. We have got Middleton’s Mushy Peas, Buck House Burgers, and Kate’s Kod, to put a little twist on things. Unfortunately, it’s just another normal working day for us, but we have got the buntings, flags and balloons going up and we will be having a celebration in the shop.”
On the eve of the big day, those living in the former pit town of Hetton-le-Hole - where generations of Kate’s family were born and raised - told how they were planning to mark the special occasion.
Among them is Joanna Angus, landlady of the Prince of Wales pub, in Market Street. She said: “We’ve got flags, bunting and few other things like some pictures going up. It’s something to really look forward to when there is so much doom and gloom in the world today. I wish them all of the best.”
Another resident, George Meadows, 76, also of Market Street, is planning to watch the ceremony on television.
He said: “It’s just a wonderful occasion and I hope everybody enjoys it. It’s amazing that this lady has got roots in Hetton-le-Hole. It’s a great connection for us to have. I hope they have a great day wish them all the best.”