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Friday, April 29, 2011

Homeless to Front-Row Seat

London’s Daily Mail recently reported that barely a year ago, a young woman by the name of Shozna was living a desperate existence, sharing homeless shelters with drug addicts while recovering from a serious stroke. But today, she took her place alongside royals, A-list celebrities and foreign dignitaries after getting an invitation to the royal wedding.

Prince William and Kate Middleton invited the former homeless teenager to Westminster Abbey after she was rescued from destitution by Princess Diana’s homeless charity, Centrepoint. William, 28, followed in his late mother’s footsteps by becoming patron in 2005 and spent a freezing winter’s night sleeping rough in support of their plight two years ago.

At a charity gala last summer he heard Shozna, now 20, tell her story of how the bright, bubbly, 5ft 2in teenager 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. Now, he handpicked her for font seat at the wedding ceremony.
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