Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s impending wedding day is set to give West Norfolk a royal boost.
The couple have named North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers as one of their chosen charities to receive donations instead of wedding gifts.
And a volunteer lead youth worker discovered on Tuesday she was one of 1,200 members of the public who have been chosen to be part of the big day in Windsor on May 19.
Carly Hain, 25, received a letter explaining she had been nominated on the strength of her work in the Lynn community.
She and a team of youth workers run SPEADA, a charity which supports young carers and young people with disabilities.
“I am so excited, I’m such a giggling mess – it’s such an honour, I’ve now got to find something to wear,” said Miss Hain.
She is planning to take her boyfriend Josh Whitaker as her ‘plus one’.
“We are staying at a hotel and then a car is coming to pick us up to take us to the wedding,” she said.
Meanwhile, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Nikki Scott, spoke of her delight that her charity, which supports children of the fallen, has been chosen by the couple to receive donations.
Ms Scott said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed to have been personally selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as one of their chosen charities.
“Having met Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last year, I know that helping the children of fallen British Forces heroes sits closely to his heart.
“For all our members, Scotty’s Little Soldiers offers a vital support network for children, who at such a young age, have already gone through so much.
“Simply having the opportunity to spend time with other children who have gone through something similar or receiving a gift on the anniversary of their parent’s death can help reassure them that they are not alone.”