Royal wedding joy sparks abbey cartwheels

29th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

An exuberant lay member of Westminster Abbey cartwheeled along the red-carpeted aisle in delight at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday -- unaware that he was being filmed.

The unnamed verger, an employee who assists in church services, performed two rotations which were caught by television cameras left running after the ceremony finished and the congregation had left the abbey.

His long black robe flowing as his legs flew though the air, he ended with a bounce and a big grin.

"It was an expression of pure exuberance," an abbey spokesman told AFP.

"Some people have different ways of expressing their exuberance and it was his way of expressing his delight that everything had gone well on the day."

The footage was shown on British television and had already started to circulate on YouTube.

© 2011 AFP

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