What an opportunity, how did you get a ticket?
Teri – I was absolutely honoured to receive the letter from HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley congratulating me for being nominated to attend the Royal Wedding for my contribution to the local community. I was really excited that Elisha and I would get to fly the BCF flag and share this once in a lifetime experience.
Elisha – Yes, as there were only 200 tickets for people who work in charities it really was an honour to be invited!
Tell me about your day.
Teri – It was a very early start to the day; I got on the train at 6am, fully dressed and ready. We arrived at Windsor at 7am!
Elisha – We were escorted down closed roads while people waved at us and cheered which was insane!
Teri – Whilst waiting to enter the Castle, we were interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire and got to know some of the people around us. When we entered the Castle grounds we were given a wristband and goodie bag which was gorgeous.
Elisha – As you can imagine there was a lot of security to get through so it was 9am when we got into the castle. We decided to set up camp next to the TV cameras, so we had an amazing view! The people in front of us worked for the Royal Household so they pointed out the minor royals as the chapel guests started to arrive. There was a flurry of celebrities followed by Princesses Beatrice and Eugene (who Terri and I were very excited to see). Then came Prince Harry, the new Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Harry looked very nervous before Meghan arrived. Then Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived with her children looking very excited. Shortly after, The Queen arrived wearing beautiful bright colours! And finally Meghan, who was absolutely glowing.
Teri – Once Meghan arrived and the ceremony had started we had our picnic lunch. The ceremony was played our across the grounds so we could all hear. When they said their vows everyone popped champagne and cheered!
Elisha – It was just incredible. After the ceremony the whole royal family came out to stand at the doorway right in front of where Terri and I were sitting, it was quite bizarre being so close to The Queen! Meghan and Harry went past in their carriage with everyone cheering and waving for them, they both just looked so happy. As people started to leave some of them came over to where Terri and I were, so we got to meet Oprah and Fergie which was a bit surreal!
Teri – Following the departure of the Bride and Groom’s carriage procession we looked around the grounds, had a Royal Ice Cream and a look in the gift shop. We stayed on in Windsor into the evening to soak up the atmosphere and sunshine. What a truly magical day!
Elisha – I think we might have slightly overstayed our welcome at the castle! All in all it was an amazing day.
What were your personal highlights?
Teri – Windsor was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shining all day, and there was a buzz in the air from the moment we stepped off the train. Seeing the guests arrive, followed by members of the Royal Family was really special. The highlight for me was sitting in the Castle garden listening to the ceremony, and it settling in that we were really there!
Elisha – Absolutely meeting Oprah! And being within touching distance of George Clooney, we just had an incredible day watching the wedding, it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
What was the atmosphere like?
Teri – The atmosphere was wonderful, from the start right though to leaving the Castle grounds. We were thoroughly looked after all day.
Elisa – I’ve never been anywhere with such a sense of excitement and happiness, it was contagious. The buzz was particularly noticeable during Reverend Michael Curry’s sermon as you could feel the power of his words across the crowd, it was just brilliant to be a part of!
Teri (L) and Elisha (R) soak up the atmosphere
With Rob Deeks from Aik Saath
With Jacqueline Scoins Cass from Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball
Gorgeous goodie bag!