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Who’s been invited to the Royal wedding?

April 9, 2018

As if you needed reminding, the 2018 Royal Wedding is now just a little more than five weeks away.

Most of us will be watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day unfold on our televisions, but 1,200 members of the public have been lucky enough to receive personal invitations to attend the Windsor wedding.

Sky News has compiled a list of some of the youth workers, school children, campaigners and small business owners looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the Royals on 19 May.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Video:Harry and Meghan invite members of the public to the Royal wedding

Grant White: Military serviceman turned charity worker

The 52-year-old, from Dorset, spent 23 years as a commando before being medically discharged in 2008, having lost his right leg below the knee in a hit-and-run accident.

He now heads up the Race2Recovery charity, which runs an off-road team to provide people who have suffered similarly life-changing injuries with opportunities to compete in motorsport.

Mr White described the invitation as a “very pleasant surprise” and a “fantastic opportunity”, and is looking forward to representing the charity.

Ex-serviceman Grant White (left) is on the guest list. Pic: Facebook/Race2Recovery
Image:Ex-serviceman Grant White (left) is on the guest list. Pic: Facebook/Race2Recovery

Amelia Thompson: Survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing

Last year, the 12-year-old was caught up in the deadly terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert, suffering trauma and damaged vocal cords from screaming at the horror of what she witnessed.

Twelve months on and the schoolgirl, from Dronfield Woodhouse, near Sheffield, is preparing to attend the Royal wedding, having spent the last year meeting others affected by the attack through fundraising.

She had asked her mother whether she could forfeit her invitation in favour of their friend Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the attack.

Amelia is also hoping another ticket might become available for their friend Harriet Taylor, whose mother Jane Tweddle also died at the arena.

Amelia Thompson, 12, has received an invitation to the wedding
Image:Amelia Thompson, 12, has received an invitation to the wedding

Reuben Litherland: Schoolboy teaching fellow pupils sign language

Fourteen-year-old Reuben was born deaf and started sign language lessons at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy – and now he teaches his fellow pupils how to do it, too.

He has been invited to the Royal wedding in recognition of his work for the deaf community, which includes campaigning for deaf-friendly cinema screenings.

The teenager was so excited when he received his invitation that he did a little dance of joy.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity to go because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.

Reuben Litherland was born deaf - but it has not held him back
Image:Reuben Litherland was born deaf – but it has not held him back

Rosie Ginday: Helps youngsters through her baking business

Having set up Miss Macaroon in Birmingham in 2011, Ms Ginday now reinvests profits from her sweet treats organisation into developing the potential of disadvantaged youngsters by offering them training and industry experience.

The qualified pastry chef, 34, impressed Harry and Meghan by offering them some of her trainees’ macaroons during their visit to the city last month, and now has the opportunity to see them in person again.

“They’re accessible – it’s great to have a younger generation of royals showing they do care and they are invested in what young people can do,” she said.

Pastry chef Rosie Ginday has helped turn young people's lives around
Image:Pastry chef Rosie Ginday has helped turn young people’s lives around

Pamela Anomneze: Uses art to help those with mental health problems

The 52-year-old, from Haringey, is the manager of Studio 306 Collective CIC, a social group that helps people recovering from mental health issues through the arts.

“I got an email informing me, and I thought it was an April Fool’s prank,” she said of her Royal wedding invitation.

The mother-of-three is hoping to bring her 15-year-old son Jude Anomneze-Collins as her plus-one because he is a huge fan of Suits – the US drama in which Meghan Markle made her name.

She said: “When I came home and informed him of the invite he was down on his knees begging to go. He said ‘Oh mum, just to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle!'”

Pamela Anomneze hopes to take her Suits-mad son as her plus one
Image:Pamela Anomneze hopes to take her Suits-mad son as her plus-one

David Gregory: Award-winning primary school teacher

The Year 4 teacher at Newsham Primary School in Blyth will be celebrating his own first wedding anniversary on the same weekend as the Royal wedding.

The 28-year-old was put forward for an invitation by the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, the Duchess of Northumberland, who singled him out for his work strengthening and celebrating his local community.

Among his notable achievements are a school recycling initiative that won a Love Northumberland award.

He will be taking wife Hannah with him to Windsor and will wear his own wedding suit, although she will stop short of turning up in her wedding dress.

Teacher David Gregory's first wedding anniversary clashes with the Royal Wedding
Image:Teacher David Gregory’s first wedding anniversary clashes with the Royal wedding

Kai Fletcher: Homeless teenager who became a youth worker

Having had a difficult childhood in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence, the youngster found himself homeless at 15 years old.

After turning to Bath-based charity Southside for help, the 18-year-old managed to turn his life around and now works for the organisation as a young advocate team leader.

He has since met the Duchess of Cornwall when she visited the charity, describing her as “really lovely”.

Of his Royal invitation, he said: “It was a bit surprising. I am looking forward to going, really excited.”

Teenager Kai Fletcher was homeless at 15
Image:Teenager Kai Fletcher was homeless at 15

Amy Wright: Volunteer social enterprise worker helping young adults

The 26-year-old is chair of the board of directors at The Usual Place cafe in Dumfries, which provides training opportunities for young adults with additional support needs.

Ms Wright and chief executive Heather Hall were nominated for invitations by the Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries.

She said: “Heather and I are going but we are representing the whole of The Usual Place team and all the work our staff and directors do as a team, and the work we do to create these opportunities to give the young people the opportunities they deserve.”

Amy Wright works to offer training opportunities for young adults with additional support needs
Image:Amy Wright works to offer training opportunities for young adults

Phillip Gillespie: Former soldier hoping for a place at the Invictus Games

An ex-Royal Irish Regiment soldier, Mr Gillespie is eagerly awaiting news as to whether he has made the rowing and archery teams for the next Invictus Games.

The 30-year-old lost his right leg in Afghanistan in 2011, and has since become involved with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which supports troops, veterans and their immediate families.

“It’s a massive privilege, it will be a huge spectacle,” he said of his invite to the Royal wedding.

“It is a wee bit surreal.”

Former solider Phillip Gillespie said the invite was a 'massive privilege'
Image:Former solider Phillip Gillespie said the invite was a ‘massive privilege’

Zoe Arundell: Described by Prince Harry as a ‘role model’

The 20-year-old from Penygraig has already met Harry and Meghan once this year, during their visit to Cardiff Castle.

She said the Prince told her she was “definitely a role model” for her work with the Valley Kids charity, which helps disadvantaged children and families.

Ms Arundell said their visit to the city was a “very happy day”, but is confident the wedding will be even better.

Her 62-year-old grandmother, Pat Churches, will be her plus-one, as she “loves the Royals”.

Zoe Arundell meeting Harry and Meaghan during their visit to Cardiff
Image:Zoe Arundell meeting Harry and Meghan during their visit to Cardiff

What about those who have missed out on an invitation?

With Prince Harry unlikely to ever take to the throne due to his low place in the line of succession, there will not be quite so many notable guests as there were at the wedding of his brother William.

Among those to have been snubbed are Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump, and his predecessor Barack Obama.

Prince Harry’s official spokesman said: “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding.”

For a full breakdown of key absentees from the guest list, click here.