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Prince William Invites Members of His Air Force Squad to His Wedding

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Sprinkled among the nobility and other honored guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s April 29 wedding: members of his Royal Air Force search and rescue squad.

“It’s a great honor,” flight commander Iain “Spike” Wright,” 42, who is the prince’s line manager, told U.K.’s The Telegraph about getting an invitation. “Then I relaxed and thought, ‘This is actually going to be quite good fun.’ ”

Other members of the squad say they’re looking forward to attending, along with their spouses.

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“First of all, I couldn’t believe it,” flight lieutenant Thomas “Sticky” Bunn, 38, told the paper. “My wife certainly couldn’t. When that envelope drops through the door with a Buckingham Palace stamp on it, it’s not something you see everyday.”

And Bunn says Prince William is a pleasure to work with.

“He’s a really nice guy to have in the squadron,” he says.

Added Wright: “He is a natural. He just seems to be able to cope with everything we throw at him.”