A homeless girl gets invite to royal wedding

Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 19:01 PM IST

London: A young girl, who shared homeless shelters with drug addicts while recovering from a serious stroke barely a year ago, is all set to join the Who`s Who of the world invited to attend the upcoming royal wedding in less than two weeks.

Shozna, 20, will take her place alongside the royals, A-list celebrities and foreign dignitaries after receiving an invitation to the first `people`s royal wedding`, Daily Mail reported Sunday.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited the former homeless teenager to Westminster Abbey after she was rescued from destitution by Princess Diana`s homeless charity, Centrepoint.

Following his late mother`s footsteps by becoming patron in 2005, William, 28, spent a freezing winter`s night sleeping rough in support of their plight two years ago.

At a charity gala last summer William heard Shozna, narrate the galling story of how the bright, bubbly, 5`2" girl was made homeless after having major heart surgery and faced the prospect of life on the streets.

William was so moved that he broke royal protocol by giving her a hug. He has now chosen her for a golden ticket to the April 29 ceremony.

On getting the invite for the royal wedding, Shozna said: "I`m so very excited."

"I can`t believe the Beckhams, Elton John and his husband, Prince Harry and all the little bridesmaids will be there.

"I want to say to Prince William: `Congratulations. Thank you for inviting me and thank you for making people feel like they are part of the world instead of being alone`."