A Police Community Support Officer from Falmouth has been invited to Prince Harry and Megan Markle's wedding as a way to recognise her inspirational contributions to the community.

PCSO Ellie Grey was chosen to be invited because of the strength of her work for the community in Falmouth, which has seen her working with the police cadets, leading a Cop Car initiative, and engaging with youth and local community groups.

Ellie received a letter from Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE praising her "inspirational" work and inviting her to the wedding. She said: “I thought it was a joke and when I showed my inspector he was none the wiser. I even rang Mr Bolitho to check!"

Ellie is part of a group of 1,200 members of the public from across the country who were invited to the wedding because of their contributions to their local communities.

She went on to say: “I don’t know why I was singled out, it is really heart-warming to be recognised like this – lots of colleagues deserve it just as much. It is a real privilege and I feel very honoured. A friend has lent me a wedding outfit and we are being encouraged to take a picnic to enjoy as we watch the ceremony on the big screen before we watch the Royal procession and guests leave for the reception. I just hope the weather is good, I don’t want to have to turn up in my wellies!”

The wedding will take place on May 19, and Ellie will enter Windsor Castle to watch guests arriving, listen to a live broadcast of the wedding, and watch the departure of the wedding procession.