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Stacey Leasca
April 10, 2018

On May 19, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will walk down the aisle at St George’s chapel — located inside the walls of Windsor Castle — in front of their friends, family, and a few thousand adoring fans.

Yes, that’s right: Despite the fact that President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama were left off the royal guest list, Harry and Meghan went ahead and invited more than 2,000 members of the British public to come join them for their big day.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," the official Kensington Palace statement read in March. "This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom."

The only prerequisite for an invite, Kensington explained at the time, was that "the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities."

On Tuesday, Kensington began introducing the world to a few of those very special guests on Twitter.

“The couple asked Lord Lieutenants to invite 1,200 people to join the celebrations, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities,” a tweet explained. “Here are the stories of some of the people who will be joining the celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th.”

First up is Philip Gillespie. According to Kensington palace he’s from Ballymena and "lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan and works to raise funds and awareness for ABF The Soldiers' Charity."

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

And then there's Reuben Litherland, who is from Derby. "Reuben was born deaf and has started lunchtime lessons to teach sign language at school."

Finally, Kensington shared a tweet about Amy Wright, from Annan. "Amy is 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.”

Clearly, the palace and the couple are doing an excellent job of hand-picking some truly extraordinary citizens to join them for their big day. Though they better be careful: amazing people like this might just outshine the bride and groom.

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