A Te Aroha twist on the royal wedding

The royals might be busily preparing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but today New Zealand's version of the royal family was in the small Waikato town of Te Aroha. 

Royal enthusiasts gathered to mark the occasion with a very special celebration, complete with a marriage celebrant and a vow renewal for local couples. 

Te Aroha local and royalist Angela Thompson planned the celebration in honour of the newest royal couple. 

"Well it's our lovely charming Prince Harry who is going to take the big step and take his lovely lady as his wife Meghan Markle," says Ms Thompson. 

There were wedding dresses and tiaras, and even train rides for the littlest royal fans.  Inside, tables were set with special royal tea sets from Ms Thompson's personal 8000 piece collection. 

Not even a grey day could put a damper on the festivities. 

In a special touch, local couples gathered to renew their wedding vows. 

There was no question Angela's enthusiasm for the royal wedding had spread to the crowd of 100 who attended. 

"Every community should have an Angela," said Mayor Jan Barnes. 

"Regardless of whether it's somebody else's occasion, it can be a quiet moment here in Te Aroha under the mountain, to hold your loved one and say I love you so much," said Thompson. 

Celebrating Harry and Meghan and remembering what it's all about - in a tiny town a world away from the royals.