A FERMANAGH couple are counting down to their big day next month – a date which they will share with Britain’s Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Meghan Markle.
When Lucy Parkinson (26) from Kesh and her fiance Andrew Dixon (30) from Tamlaght chose May 19th 2018 to say ‘I do’, they could never have imagined they would be doing so on the same day as the British royal couple.
They met five years ago while both working at the Manor House, Andrew in the bar and Lucy in the leisure centre.
Andrew got down on one knee to pop the question on May 21st 2016 while the couple were out for a romantic stroll with their golden labrador dog named Waffles in Kent.
Now two years on from their engagement anniversary, Lucy, a food quality auditor, and solicitor Andrew are preparing to make the trip down the aisle.
Fresh from returning from her recent hen-do in Portugal, Lucy joked to the Fermanagh Herald that it was in fact Harry and Meghan who had copied their wedding date. “When they got engaged, we imagined that they would choose a date in May, possibly a bank holiday, but we had no idea it would be on the same day as ours. It’s lovely to think that we’ll share something in common with them and it certainly makes the build-up to our wedding day all the more exciting,” Lucy said this week.
Unlike Harry and Meghan who will wed in front of millions at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 12noon on the day, for Andrew and Lucy it will be a much smaller but equally special affair.
They will tie the knot alongside 160 family and friends at Derryvullen Parish Church in Tamalght at 12.30pm followed by a reception at Harvey’s Point in Co Donegal.
Having lived in England before moving to Dublin, the long-term plan for the couple is a return back to their native Fermanagh.
The royal couple’s honeymoon destination is believed to be a trip to the sun-soaked African country of Namibia along with a rumoured mini-moon in Ireland. Meanwhile Andrew and Lucy have planned a short mini-moon in Majorca before jetting off for a longer break to the Maldives in January.