Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would invite 2,640 members of the public to their wedding, with an aim to include people who have served their communities and shown strong leadership. This week, people all around the UK received their invitations.
Kensington Palace shared the details of some of the invited guests on Twitter on Tuesday, and their inspiring backgrounds will help make the royal wedding even more special.
Among the 1,200 community leaders invited is Philip Gillespie, a former soldier from Ballymena (Ireland), who lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan and now works to raise awareness and money for ABF, a charity for soldiers and veterans.
Pamela Anomneze from Haringey (England) will also attend. She runs Studio 306 Collective CIC, an organization that helps mental health patients through the creative arts.
Also joining from England will be Reuben Litherland, a Derby native who was born deaf and now teaches sign language to students during lunchtime at schools.
Lastly, the palace introduced Amy Wright from Annan, Scotland. Wright is the Chair of Board of Directors for the Usual Place café in Dumfries, which provides employment training and support for young people with special needs.
The invitees are being welcomed to watch the bride and groom’s arrivals at the Windsor Castle grounds on the big day, as well as the carriage procession that will follow. According to the BBC, they’ve also been told they may bring their own picnic and will be allowed to bring a guest with them.
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