Royal Wedding Update: The Guest List

As many have already heard or read on Social Media by now, Prime Minister Theresa May, Barack and Michelle Obama and Donald Trump did not make the guest list for Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

The couple is doing the wedding their way, as it should be and The Queen has given them the go ahead.

Members of the public from around the UK found out they were invited to be part of the 2,640 people joining in the celebration on 19 May at Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said they wanted their wedding day to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebration. As previously reported, the couple asked Lord Lieutenants to invite 1,200 people including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.

Here is how the guest list looks:

West Midlands

Rashid Bhayat from Coventry is CEO of Positive Youth Foundation, a charity set up in 2011 to support young people in challenging circumstances.

Rosie Ginday from Birmingham is the founder of Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise that provides culinary training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

Tessa Hince from Banbury and Hayley Ashe from Shipston-on-Stourfounded the Shipston Christmas Community Lunch, which caters for people who are lonely or on their own over Christmas.

East Midlands and East England

Jorja Furze from Ely is a 12-year-old amputee from birth and ambassador for the Steel Bones charity. She has also set up an Anxiety Group for Year Sevens to help new students adjust to life at high school.

Reuben Litherland, a 14-year-old from Derby was born deaf and has started lunchtime lessons to teach sign language at school. He also works to raise the awareness of the Deaf community’s needs to access to public services.

South West

Kai Fletcher from Bath received support from the Southside Family Project and now works with the charity to help other children and young people through similar challenges.

Grant White from Dorset was a Royal Marine for 22 years and continued to serve after losing his leg. He now volunteers to help other wounded or sick military men and women by running the off-road rally, adventure and training team Race2Recovery.

South East

Laurelle Henry from Lewisham was the Young Mayor of Lewisham 2017. The 14-year-old aims to develop more activities and safe social spaces for young people.

Pamela Anomneze from Haringey is the Manager of Studio 306 Collective CIC, a social enterprise that helps those recovering from mental health issues through the creative arts.

North East and Yorkshire

David Gregory from Blyth is a primary school teacher who aims to strengthen and celebrate his local community in Blyth through practical projects with his pupils.

12-year-old Amelia Thompson from Dronfield Woodhouse is one of the survivors of the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.

North West

Saeed Atcha from Bolton is a 21-year-old who founded a youth-led charity called Xplode that teaches young people employable skills and gives them experience in the field of journalism.

15-year-old Shaneil Hodges from Manchester was the 2017 winner of Manchester’s ‘Be Proud’ award for bringing communities together. A member of the organisation ‘Reclaim’, Shaneil works to break down barriers and give young working class people a voice.


Amy Wright from Annan is the Chair of Board of Directors for the Usual Place café in Dumfries, which provides employment training and support for young people aged 16-25 with special needs.


Zoe Arundell from Penycraig has been volunteering with Valley Kids since the age of 13 and attended as a young person herself from age six. She met Prince Harry and Ms Markle on their recent visit to Cardiff.

Northern Ireland

Philip Gillespie from Ballymena lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan, raises funds and awareness for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and has just taken part in Invictus Games UK Team Trials for rowing, swimming and archery.

Catherine Cooke and Julie-Ann Coll are a mother and daughter team from Londonderry nominated for their charity work. Catherine is a coordinator at the Foyle’s Women’s Information Network, and Julie-Ann runs a support group that helps parents cope with child bereavement.

The guests will join 200 others from organisations which Harry and his future wife have a close relationship with. There will also be 100 pupils from two local schools and 500 members of the Royal Household.

The lucky group will watch the arrivals of the Harry and Meghan and their wedding guests at the chapel and will see the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The Prime Minister, The Obama’s, President Trump and other political figures will have to tune in and watch it on the telly!

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