01/15/2011 AT 11:15 AM ET
Say it aloud: “Bucklebury, Berkshire.”
Sounds like a land straight out of a children’s fairy tale, no?
To find out whether Kate Middleton’s native countryside village is as charming to see at it is to say, we sent PEOPLE’s chief foreign correspondent Simon Perry to the Berkshire parish where the future princess grew up – and where her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, still live.
Ever since the news broke that one of their own would marry Prince William, Bucklebury residents have been “over-excited,” local butcher Martin Fidler tells PEOPLE. “It’s brilliant. It’s put a smile on everybody’s face.”