Stamford couple receive invite to Royal wedding
An excited couple from Stamford said they were counting down the days to the royal wedding after receiving an invitation to attend the event.
Alan Scott, 69, and Julie Frisby, 54, will join 1,200 people from across the country selected by regional Lord Lieutenant offices to attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.
Alan was nominated to receive the invite by Graham Rowles Nicholson, the president of the Lincolnshire Scouting Association.
The citation read: “For long dedication to scouting and for your excellent leadership as county chairman.”
Alan 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.
He said both he and Julie were excited at the opportunity to attend the wedding and were looking forward to a what would be a “fantastic” outing.
“The invite came as a big surprise, I was really not expecting it,” said Alan.
“We’re very supportive of the royals and are really looking forward to going.
“I think they have changed for the better and are very proactive with all the charity work they do.”
With the wedding ceremony due to start at midday, Alan and Julie need to be inside the castle precinct along with the other guests by 9.30am on the day.
He said they planned to drive to London on Friday and stay somewhere overnight so they could get to the castle early on Saturday morning.
“Although we’ll be on the outside we hope to see them walk past when they enter the chapel,” he said.
“I understand there will be screens for us to watch the ceremony on.”
The wedding service will be followed by a carriage procession starting at 1pm and proceedings are expected to be finished by 2pm.
“We will have to stay in the castle grounds until 2.30pm at which point we can go into the chapel to see where they got married,” said Alan.
He said security was expected to be tight.
“We’ll take some food and I’ll also be taking a camera and plan to take lots of pictures,” he said.
“It should be a fantastic experience.”