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Saint Francis Hospice wedding event gets Royal thanks from Harry and Meghan

PUBLISHED: 14:22 23 May 2018

Staff at Saint Francis Hospice with their Harry and Meghan look-a-likes at their Royal Breakfast event. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

Staff at Saint Francis Hospice with their Harry and Meghan look-a-likes at their Royal Breakfast event. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

On the eve of the wedding of the year, Saint Francis Hospice staff and volunteers celebrated with a Royal fundraising breakfast.

Harry and Meghan with IPU patient John Jefferies. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.Harry and Meghan with IPU patient John Jefferies. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.

The canteen at the hospice in Broxhill Road was transformed into a palace on Friday (May 18) and staff dressed up as the Royal couple with their Duchess of Sussex look-a-like wearing a stunning wedding gown and veil from the hospice’s Harold Hill store.

There was excitement throughout the hospice as Harry and Meghan visited patients on the inpatient unit.

Actress Vicki Michelle - who was best known for her role in Allo’ Allo’ - was also at the hospice with her sisters to visit their mum Joanie who is being cared for on the ward, and she took time to pose for photos with the Royals and join in the fun!

Jan Scott, Service Development Manager at the hospice, said: “The laughter from our staff, and the music played at our Royal Wedding Breakfast, could be heard throughout the hospice.

Aston (left) and Jenson (right) enjoyed the Royal breakfast at Saint Francis Hospice. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.Aston (left) and Jenson (right) enjoyed the Royal breakfast at Saint Francis Hospice. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.

“It was a truly splendid way to express our happiness in preparing for the marriage of Prince Harry to Ms Megan Markle.

“To see the people we are caring for in the inpatient unit join in the fun was just perfect. A great day was had by all.”

Prior to the wedding, the hospice contacted Kensington Palace to let them know about the Royal breakfast event and was delighted to receive a reply,

“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle were incredibly touched that you took the trouble to write as you did in connection to their forthcoming wedding.

Harry, IPU patient Lisa Baker and Meghan. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.Harry, IPU patient Lisa Baker and Meghan. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice.

“It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle send you their warmest thanks and very best wishes.”

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