Hovenden shares in Royals’ big day

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EXCITED residents and staff from Hovenden House had a grandstand view of the royal family on Friday as Wills and Kate married at Westminster Abbey.

People with disabilities were entered into a national draw for the privilege of sitting in a reserved enclosure in front of the Palace of Westminster.

Nine residents and ten carers from the Leonard Cheshire home were lucky enough to get a place.

The party left Fleet at 4.30am on Friday and arrived at Westminster Bridge three hours later.

The home’s fundraising co-ordinator, Rachel Wadley, said they felt very important as they were escorted to the reserved enclosure where there were around 100 disabled people.

Rachel said: “Suddenly the atmosphere became electric as the royals started leaving the palace, you could tell how near they were by the cheers from Whitehall.

“To be able to see the princes, followed by the rest of the family, made you realise you were taking part in the making of history.

“We all cheered really loudly when we heard Kate and William taking their vows. Then suddenly they were in the carriage looking so happy waving to everyone.”

Residents saw all of the leading members of the royal family, and Rachel said: “Prince Harry seemed to make a special point of waving to everyone where we were.”