Home   Newmarket   News   Article

A royal day to remember for Jorja and Lucy




Jorja Furze at Windsor Castle (2147221)
Jorja Furze at Windsor Castle (2147221)

An invitation to Saturday's Royal wedding has turned a Soham schoolgirl into an international television star.

Twelve-year-old Jorja Furze joined the 2,500 specially-invited guests who were inside the grounds of Windsor Castle because of her work for the amputee support charity Steel Bones.

The Soham Village College pupil, born without the lower part of her leg, was thrilledto be going to the wedding of the year with her mother Gabby as her plus one.

But she rapidly became a favourite with the international media gathered in Windsor and what was expected to be one very exciting day turned into a succession of requests for interviews from crews from countries including the USA, Italy, Germany and France.

And just when Jorja and Gabby thought the excitement was over, they got a call asking them to go up to Manchester to appear on BBC Breakfast with presenters Dan Walker and Louise Minchin on Monday morning.

Saturday's big day started for Jorja and Gabby at 7.15am when they were picked up in golf buggies and driven down the iconic Long Walk up to Windsor Castle.

"Everywhere was already really crowded and we felt like celebrities ourselves as we were driven along. We got a really good spot opposite the floral door which all the celebrity guests went in, said Gabby. "We saw James Corden, Idris Elba and George Clooney before the cars went past with Harry and William and all the bridesmaids and page boys."

"After the service when Harry and Meghan went by in the carriage we were only about four metres away. The atmosphere outside the park was electric but there just aren't words to describe what it was like inside," added Gabby.

Jorja herself had no doubt at all about what was her favourite moment."As the cars were going past, Prince George was looking around and I waved to him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was amazing," she said.

Lucy Andrews at Windsor Castle (2147224)
Lucy Andrews at Windsor Castle (2147224)

Also in pole position outside St George's Chapel, Windsor, was Burwell nurse Lucy Andrews, who received her invitation in recognition of her work as a Well Child nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital but who has since become joint founder of Sunflowers, a home in Cottenham offering nursing care to youngsters with complex care needs.

"It was an absolutely incredible day - I couldn't quite believe I was there," said Lucy.

"There was such a feel-good factor about the day and we were so close to the Chapel that we felt very much part of it all. We saw most of the royals arriving and the happy couple. He looked so happy and she was calm, composed and beautiful.

"When they were pronounced man and wife there was an almighty cheer," said Lucy, who also nearly made it on to international television.

"There were a couple of Spanish chaps with cameras who were very interested in my picnic basket. I think it may have appeared on Brazilian TV."