"Absolutely fantastic" - Stamford couple on what it was like to be in the grounds of Windsor Castle
A Stamford couple who got to share Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day from inside the grounds of Windsor Castle said the event had been “absolutely fantastic”.
Alan Scott and partner Julie Frisby received an invite to join 1,200 other specially invited guests selected by regional Lord Lieutenant offices to attend the wedding, which took place on Saturday.
Alan was nominated by Graham Rowles-Nicholson for his long service to scouting in Lincolnshire.
He served as county chairman for the Lincolnshire Scouting Association for 12 years and has been involved in the movement in a variety of roles for more than 40 years.
“The atmosphere was just unbelievable,” said Alan.
“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the event.
“Everyone from the police to the stewards was just so friendly and it was so well organised.”
Alan and Julie arrived at the castle grounds just before 6am and passed through security at 8am.
“Security was very tight,” he said. “We were each given a goodie bag with a water, some snacks and a couple of souvenirs.
“We managed to get a place in the front near to where the guests walked down and we got to see the Clooney’s, Elton John and the Beckhams.”
He said they saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex pass by in the carriage after the ceremony.
“They came right passed us and Julie couldn’t quite believe it all to be honest,” Alan said.
“It was an absolutely fantastic day to be part of the weather really made it.”
Alan said although members of the public were invited to view the chapel after the service, they had not gone inside.
“It was only opened for an hour and queues to get inside were horrendously long so we skipped it,” he said.