Group invited to attend Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding, Meghan and Harry 2018
Olivia Parson, from Martley, near Malvern is attending for her work co-founding charity Educate Enkerende which raises funds to build a new school for the children of the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Published Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Six people from Worcestershire have secured themselves the hottest tickets in town and have been invited to attend the Royal Wedding.

All six will be at Windsor Castle to watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle next month. They have been invited because of the outstanding contribution that they make to their local communities.

The group includes a fundraiser from Martley, who will be attending with a nurse, a young carer, an 11-year-old hospice volunteer, a Police Officer and the founder of a Worcestershire club for people with learning disabilities.

All six were selected from dozens of nominations by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Lt Col Patrick Holcroft. The Lord Lieutenant was asked to submit the names of six individuals and their guests to represent the county.

The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Lt Col Patrick Holcroft said: "I am most grateful to HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle for inviting members of the general public to join them on their wedding day and I very much hope that those representing the County of Worcestershire will thoroughly enjoy the day."

Olivia Parson, from Martley, near Malvern is attending for her work co-founding charity Educate Enkerende which raises funds to build a new school for the children of the Masai Mara, Kenya, said: "I could not believe that I had genuinely been invited. It was very humbling to feel that the charity work I have done over the last few years has been recognised. It is such once in a lifetime opportunity - I feel as if someone is going to pinch me and tell me it is not real at any moment."

Olivia will be attending the royal wedding with other notable Worcestershire people, including Laura Gill from Worcester who founded The Monday Night Club; a social club for adults with learning disabilities.

Laura said: "I am so looking forward to the 19th May. I can't wait to see the children, George and Charlotte, all dressed up."

As well as Kim Bull, from Worcester, who managed the Cardiac Catheter Lab at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for 15 years before retiring in March. When she received her invitation she said: "My first thoughts were 'was it real?' I messaged my son and asked if it was his idea of a joke! The following morning I contacted the Lieutenancy office and the Lord-Lieutenant's PA confirmed that I had been nominated and yes it was true!

"The date was already in my diary because it is a day I wanted to enjoy, now I will actually be in Windsor Castle grounds, it's amazing and a day I will treasure. I feel totally shocked and honoured."

Others attending from the county are a young carer from worcester who has looked after her father since she was eight years old and an 11 year old from Malvern who, after losing her baby brother, decided to help support other children in the same situation at Acorns Children's Hospice.

Prince Harry and Meghan will tie the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The chapel - where Prince Harry was christened - holds around 800 people.