A 73-year-old grandmother's dedication to Camilla Parker Bowles has paid off with a royal gesture of thanks. The elderly New Zealander, who launched a "Be nice to Camilla" campaign nearly a decade ago, has received an invitation to the Prince of Wales' wedding blessing this Saturday, it has been reported.
"I cried all day to think just because I'd tried to be ordinarily kind and caring I'd made Camilla Parker Bowles feel grateful enough to invite me," she said.
Nine years ago, disheartened by negative media coverage of Prince Charles and his companion, the unidentified granny started collecting positive news stories and sending them to Mrs Parker Bowles. And now, invitation in hand, the septegenarian, who lives in the town of Greymouth, is considering taking her place at St George's Cathedral at Windsor this weekend.
"I had said to everybody I wasn't going to travel anymore," she remarked. "I was never leaving Greymouth until I was in a box, but when you get an invitation like that…"
Meanwhile, two lunchbox, or tiffin, carriers in Mumbai have also found themselves on the guest list. The pair met the Prince of Wales two years ago, and recently gathered funds to buy the wedding couple gifts, including a red headdress for the Prince and a sari for the royal bride.
"It is a noble gesture on his part as we are poor, hard-working people and never ever imagined to be part of such a grand royal wedding," said invitee Raghunath Medge, president of the Bombay Tiffin Box Supply Charity Trust. Mr Medge also revealed that their travel and hotel costs were being paid for.