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Wedding invite

May 12 2011
Shozna goes to Westminster Abbey

A formerly homeless woman will rub shoulders with world leaders and a host of big-name celebrities when she attends the royal wedding at the end of April. Prince William first met 20-year-old Shozna last summer at a charity gala. She told the audience about her difficulties living in homeless shelters after she had a stroke, went through a major heart operation and ended up spending two months in hospital. At the end of her speech, William reportedly came up to congratulate her on her performance and give her a hug.

The prince is a patron of the Centrepoint charity, where Shozna was initially housed after becoming homeless, and where she was offered CV advice and the services of a mentor. She recently found accommodation in a council flat and is looking for work in high street clothes shops. She will, unfortunately, be unable to pursue her original dream of becoming a hairdresser because the stroke left her without full use of her right hand. She will be joined at the wedding by Centrepoint’s chief executive, Seyi Obakin, and his wife.

Shozna, whose full name is secret to protect her identity, expressed her gratitude to William: “I want to say to Prince William: ‘Congratulations. Thank you for inviting me and thank you for making people feel like they are part of the world instead of being alone’.”