Royal treatment for newlywed Kirsty
Published 16/08/2013 | 16:42
A teacher from Northern Ireland has received royal treatment after marrying a Nigerian prince.
Kirsty Crooks, 27, became a princess when she tied the knot with Prince Mustapha Oniru of Lagos in her home village in Co Armagh, the Portadown Times reported.
They exchanged vows at Loughgall Presbyterian Church. Guests included the groom's parents, the king and queen of Lagos.
The former Miss Crooks said: "I was provided with a new wardrobe to start my life as a princess, so it had definitely been very exciting."
King Idowu Abiodun Oniru and Queen Olori Arike Oniru wore traditional Nigerian ceremonial dress for the wedding, while their son donned a beige three-piece suit. An entourage of officials and chiefs accompanied them.
After the church service, the guests travelled to a lavish reception at Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan - the venue that hosted the wedding of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills in 2002.
The bride met her prince through her job at the British International School in Lagos. The school is owned and run by the royal family and Prince Mustapha is the school administrator.
The couple are heading to St Tropez and Monaco for their honeymoon.