On Saturday 19 May Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife as they married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and it proved to be a day to remember for young carer, Lauren Walton.

The wedding was watched by millions across the country, and Lauren, a 22 year old from Worcester, was lucky enough to be invited to be in the grounds of Windsor castle for the royal wedding, along with her mum.

Lauren cares for her dad due to ongoing physical and mental health problems and has been supported by Worcestershire Young Carers for more than 12 years. Lauren was nominated by YSS and chosen by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire to be one of the 1,200 people selected nationally to attend.

Lauren joined 200 guests from organisations which The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a close association with, as well as 100 pupils from two local schools and 500 members of The Royal Household. They watched the arrivals of the Bride and Groom and their wedding guests at the chapel, and saw the carriage procession as it departed from the castle.

She said: “Being able to sit in the grounds of Windsor Castle with my Mum while an important day in history was taking place was something I will never forget. Although it was super warm, and I did end up getting slightly burnt, it didn’t take away from the memories I was able to make on Saturday.

“Seeing the Royal Family as they arrived and left as well as numerous celebrities - including Idris Elba, James Blunt and Posh and Becks - was a serial experience and one I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to quite get over. My Mum also definitely had a good time, which was the important thing!”

Worcestershire Young Carers has been successfully delivered by YSS since 2003 and currently supports more than 450 young carers in the county every year, providing one to one support, assessment, signposting as well as regular clubs and activities. To find out more, give a donation or become a volunteer, please click here.