South Wiltshire marks the Royal Wedding

Prince Harry Visit Tedworth House 2 (Ben Radley)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:06am 19th May 2018.

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot today (May 19th), there's plenty of pomp and ceremony taking place here too!

Royal wedding fever has spread a bit closer to home today (Saturday May 19th), with some special festivities across South Wiltshire.

The ceremony itself is being screened in a number of locations.

That includes the day's events being shown on a big screen in the courtyard at the Wilton Shopping Village.

They're opening up the area for shoppers to grab a deckchair and watch the proceedings from St George's Chapel.

A screen's also being set up at Help for Heroes' personnel recovery centre at Tedworth House for veterans and their families to watch one of the charity's supporters tying the knot.

Prince Harry himself has made a number of visits to the Tidworth site in the last few years.

Prince Harry Visit Tedworth House 5 (Ben Radley)

CHARITIES BENEFITTING:

Harry and Meghan have picked seven charities to receive donations instead of them having any wedding gifts.

One of them is Scotty's Little Soldiers, set up in memory of a Tidworth based soldier to support the military children who have lost a parent during service - Nikki Scott is their founder:

"(I) couldn't quite believe it, I was trying to keep nice and professional on the phone but really I just wanted to jump around the office and dance to be honest! This was a complete surprise - only seven charities out of all the charities out there and Scotty's is one of them, so we're honoured!"

The charity had to keep their involvement a secret for a few weeks until an official announcement came from Kensington Palace last month.

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Nikki says it's been a bit of whirlwind since then: 

She says they're so pleased to have been chosen:

"Any donations that come from this will be incredible and help us to continue to help the children that we support, but really the awareness is the thing we're most excited about. This is going to hopefully spread the word about that charity and what we do, we know there's still kids out there that don't know they could be getting support from us."

LOCAL GUESTS:

Some people from South Wiltshire are lucky enough to going to the Chapel in Windsor to witness the wedding in real life.

Prince Harry's friend Dave Henson, from Tidworth, (pictured below) is among those invited as he's been heavily involved in the Invictus Games.

Dave Henson 3 (roger keller)

There's also an invite for Martin Colclough, who's Head of Recovery at the Downton based charity Help for Heroes, who Harry's supported for many years.

BUSES GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT:

Salisbury's bus drivers are also dressing up for the occasion today - with bunting also being put up on Salisbury Reds services.

 

Salisbury Reds Royal Wedding

Salisbury Reds head of communications, Nikki Honer, said:

"We think it's only right that we join in the festivities. We want to play our part in helping the city recover from recent events - and this weekend promises to be a very enjoyable one for all."

Events are planned in some of our other villages too - with a special Fireworks Party being held in Sherfield English. on the Wiltshire Hampshire border.

That's on the sports field between 5.30 and 7.30pm, with live music, refreshments and games throughout.

Sherfield English Royal Wedding Party
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