THE Royal Wedding adventure just gets better and better for two Shipston women who appeared on ITV’s Lorraine show on Tuesday which was then followed by a Buckingham Palace garden party the same day and now the pair are in Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan’s big day on Saturday.
Hayley Ash and her friend Tessa Hince have also got a prime time slot lined up on Good Morning America tomorrow, Thursday, live from Windsor where they will talk about their once in a lifetime fun packed rendezvous with Royalty this week.
It all started with a makeover on Tuesday’s edition of Lorraine – the popular daytime TV show – which broadcasts live across the nation.
Hayley and Tessa were given two new dresses, shoes, flowers and a hatinator each for the special wedding feature which was designed to help viewers overcome the stress of shopping for a new dress for a wedding. They get to keep their outfits and will wear them on Saturday for the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle.
Following their television appearance, the pair then went to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday afternoon for a garden party.
“We got close to The Queen, close enough to take a photograph but we didn’t get to speak with Her Majesty,” Hayley said. “The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed the lovely courtyard at the Palace. The sandwiches were a combination of egg and cress and cucumber and mint served with fresh apple juice, lemonade and coffee. There was also lots of delicious ice cream.”
Their surprise invites to Buckingham Palace and also the wedding of the year at Windsor Castle are in recognition of Tessa and Hayley’s volunteer work in the community; for the last two years they have organised – with other helpers – the Shipston Community Christmas Lunch at The Townsend Hall. They were joined at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday by Andrew Lipp, who works at The Crown Inn, Weston, and who is also the Shipston Community Christmas Lunch head chef.
After their interview with ABC News tomorrow, Thursday, Hayley and Tessa will get ready for the Royal Wedding where they will be guests in the castle grounds with hundreds of other people.
They will be joined by Hayley’s mum, Angela from Stratford, and share a picnic hamper which has been specially prepared for them.
“It’s been fantastic to share these moments with other people, it really has been special,” said Hayley.
A public relations company hired to promote the Royal Wedding brought Hayley and Tessa’s double date with Royalty to the attention of the world’s media. A Japanese television company also wants to interview them, Hayley said.