After a ‘fairytale’ day watching the Royal Wedding in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Lisa Whitton was left with amazing memories and a selection of photographs of the A-list guests.
She was invited to the event of the year as recognition of a quarter of a century working with children in the East Riding.
And she got a close-up view of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they rode past in their carriage, as well as capturing George Clooney, David Beckham, Serena Williams and James Corden on her camera.
She said: “I’m still riding on the crest of wave. It was so incredible, like a fairytale. What an amazing day it was.”
Lisa is East Riding manager for Hull Children’s University and has organised memorable school trips for hundreds of Bridlington children over the past two years.
Saturday was her own day to remember. She said: “We arrived really early, at around 7.30am, to queue to get into the grounds of Windsor Castle. There was an amazing buzz but also a sense of calm.
“We walked up to the castle and all of the staff were really friendly.
“As time went on, more and more people came in but we had a really good spot for when the guests started to arrive.”
Giant speakers on the roof meant Lisa and the hundreds of other guests heard the choir and the readings from inside the church, as well as the sermon by American bishop Michael Curry.
“When they said ‘I do’ the crowd erupted.
“It was so special. I feel so incredibly lucky and privileged because it really was a once in a lifetime experience.
“We really embranced the opportunity and were so grateful to be there with so many other brilliant people.”
There was some controversy after the wedding when some of the other community champions who were invited put their goodie bags on eBay for hundreds of pounds.
But Lisa has no intention of parting with her souvenirs, which included shortbread, a fridge magnet and the order of service booklet.
“I’m holding on to it because it’s a piece of history. I can’t believe people are selling them,” said Lisa.