UK rugby star Gareth Thomas has said last Friday's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was “a bit of a dream.”

Singer Elton John and his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, and Thomas were among the 1,900 guests of the Queen who attended the Westminster Abbey ceremony. In a news agency photo, Sir Elton, who recently became a father, is seen tearing up during the ceremony.

“It was an amazing experience,” Thomas told a reporter. “There was a time during the service when I sat there, had a little look around, seen the dignitaries over there, seen the heroes over there, the place I was in and it just brought goose bumps on the back of my neck to think that I'm a part of something so amazing.”

“You know, actually being there really brought the role true, it was kind of like a bit of a dream,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The 36-year-old, 6-foot-3 Thomas came out gay in 2009. In a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he told his host that he once “prayed to be straight.”