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Royal wedding 2018: Who's going from Northern Ireland?

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Forget royalty, politicians and celebrities - who from Northern Ireland is going to the royal wedding?

More than 2,500 people have been invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Some 1,200 are members of the public from all over the UK, who were nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices.

They are the personal representatives of the Queen.

The dress

Everyone knows that a big part of any wedding is the dress.

And never a truer word was said when it comes to charity worker Catherine Cooke from Londonderry.

Image caption Philip Gillespie and Catherine Cooke are among the members of the public attending the royal wedding

For the first time in her life, Catherine has had a dress designed and made for her by a team from the Fashion and Textile Design Centre in Derry.

And she loves her new outfit.

"It's special because somebody has designed it, someone has donated the material, and it's been created and it's going to be printed with images of the city," he said.

The images take the form of a city-scape which includes Derry's walls and the Guildhall.

Image caption It's all about the dress when it comes to any wedding

They are used as a border print on the chiffon outer-layer of the dress.

So while Ms Markle has been having a team of people working on her dress, Catherine says she has a whole city behind her - because so many people have been involved in her outfit.

"It means that more people are involved in the wedding - not just the women from Foyle Women's Information Network - but the people who are involved here."

The hat

We all know that a wedding isn't a wedding without a hat.

Catherine's is a particularly special, bespoke creation.

It folds up so she does not need a hat box.

Image caption And not forgetting the hat - a bespoke creation that doesn't need to be carried in a box

And if the weather continues to be warm at Windsor - she could possibly use it as a fan.

Catherine isn't the only member of her family going to the wedding. Her daughter Julie-Ann Coll has also been invited.

Important preparations

So what about the men?

For former soldier Philip Gillespie from County Antrim, getting ready for the royal wedding is also serious business.

First, there's the hair - on his head.

Then, there's the eyebrows. And he got his nostrils waxed.

Who said it was easy to get ready for a royal wedding?

Philip is a bit more relaxed, however, about his own attire.

"It's a suit I got a couple of weeks ago for a friend's wedding - so I'm going to re-use it," he said.

"It's a plain enough suit. I bought it in Ballymena.

"But if it's good enough for a friend, then it's good enough for going to the royal wedding."

He is also going to wear his medals - including one for Afghanistan - where he completed three tours of duty.

Image caption Philip Gillespie from County Antrim gets suited and booted for the royal wedding

Charity Work

"I lost my leg in Afghanistan in 2011," he said.

"I was serving with the Royal Irish at the time. Since being injured and going through the recovery process I've tried to give something back to the charity that helped me out quite a bit."

That is why he believes he was nominated to attend the big event.

Image caption Philip is wearing a suit he bought for a friend's wedding several weeks ago

Philip has also just found out he has been selected to take part in the next Invictus Games - which was set up by Prince Harry for wounded, injured or sick members of the armed forces.

So he may get an opportunity to meet the prince again in the future.

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