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Royal Wedding Sparks Unique Skiing Offers

WillandKateWatching Kate and William revel in their lavish royal wedding last Friday left many wishing the fairy tale was their own, wanting a chance to live the privileged life.

Though you may not be a Middleton or a Windsor, or the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, your name may have provided the royal treatment for just a few days.

That’s because the Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead in England offered couples with the names William and Kate a free skiing session over the weekend of the wedding, from April 29 through May 2.

All each couple had to do was present their valid identification with their William or Kate name displayed to receive a free lift ticket at the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre.

The resort saw it as a way to share in the festivities of the day and go a bit beyond just watching on TV or reading the tabloids.

““The Royal couple is passionate about snowsports, in particular skiing,” said Elise Hyslop of the Snow Centre.

“What better way to mark the event than by throwing open our doors to couples named William and Kate,” Hyslop added.

In fact, William and Kate’s first public kiss came at the Swiss resort of Klosters in 2004, and the two are considered skiing enthusiasts, oft taking resort vacations over their long-standing relationship.

Besides Klosters, the two have been photographed vacationing and enjoying the slopes in the French Alps along with Davos in Switzerland.

Just like all of their excursions, the paparazzi was close in tow and documented everything. A lavish ski weekend is one of the couple’s great joys.

Also of interest, those same Kloster Mountains are included in the newly made Middleton Coat of Arms, something the family had to create now that its royalty. The idea to include the mountains is attributed to Kate’s father, Michael Middleton.

It is Michael who sparked the Middleton family’s love of skiing, including Kate, and thought it a great idea to include it in their coat of arms.

But those aren’t the ski industry’s only ties to the royal wedding.

Ski Vermont sent an official invitation to Prince William’s residence, Clarence House, offering a honeymoon getaway in the state.

The invitation read, "be it a winter ski and spa trip or summer mountain trek and golf getaway.”

It seems that everyone is trying to take part in their wedded joy as Ski Vermont’s Jen Butson said, "We would be ecstatic to host them, and really wanted to have some fun and contribute to the positive energy this love story has brought about."

It’s not known if William and Kate will take Vermont up on its invite or make it up to Hemel Hempstead, but keep an eye out at your favorite ski resort as the couple just might make a stop to enjoy on of their favorite activities.

-Ryan O'Leary

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