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Staffordshire residents to join in Royal Wedding celebrations at Windsor Castle

Twelve Staffordshire residents will be visiting the grounds of Windsor Castle on 19th May to share in part of the Wedding Day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The lucky invitees have been nominated by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson in recognition of their voluntary and charitable contributions to local communities. Each of them will be taking one guest with them.

Those attending are:

  • Mrs Joanne Clarke (Huntington), Staffordshire Army Cadet Force
  • Mr Lloyd Cooke (Stoke-on-Trent), Saltbox Christian Charity and Lichfield Cathedral
  • Mr Aaron Fudger (Stafford), St John Ambulance
  • Mrs Wendy Hall (Knypersley, Stoke-on-Trent), Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce – Supporting ceramic exporters
  • Mr Norman Heath (Kinver), Ex-serviceman and Standard Bearer Kinver Royal British Legion
  • Mr Elliott Lancaster (Newcastle-under-Lyme), Founder of Keele University – Rotaract volunteering and education officer at students union.
  • Mr Thomas Moss (Stoke-on-Trent), Former Scout and now a Scout Leader
  • Miss Alice Norbury (Tamworth), Member of Girlguiding Staffordshire since Rainbows and now a young leader
  • Sq Ldr Michael Palmer (Blythe Bridge), Long serving staff member of Staffordshire Wing Air Training Corps
  • Ms Kelly Thelwell (Stoke-on-Trent), Former apprentice at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and now a valued member of staff

Mr Ian Dudson said

“I am delighted that these individuals will be representing such a wide cross section of organisations whose staff and volunteers support so much activity across the county.  They work in area such as developing young people, providing charitable and spiritual support to those in need and helping farmers, businesses and students and their contributions help make a real difference.   I sincerely hope that they will have a memorable day and I am confident that they will be excellent ambassadors for their organisations and for Staffordshire.”

Philip Atkins, Leader at Staffordshire County Council added his congratulations to those chosen to represent the county.  Philip said:

“It’s wonderful that we’ll have some Staffordshire representatives at the wedding, which I’m sure will prove to be one of the hottest tickets in town this summer. These individuals work tirelessly in their local communities to make people’s lives better. Being chosen to attend such a special day to be witnessed by the world is a fitting way to recognise their contributions. I’m sure it will be a day they, and we will remember for a long time.”

Ms Markle and the prince will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at midday on 19 May.  At 1pm they will travel through Windsor in Berkshire in a carriage.  Members of the public lucky enough to be invited will watch the arrivals of the bride, groom and wedding guests as well as the carriage procession as it departs from the castle after the service.