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Former homeless woman gets royal wedding invite

A former homeless woman will undergo a Cinderella transformation for the Royal wedding after receiving a personal invitation from the groom.

Last week it was revealed that Prince William had sent a wedding invitation to the young woman who he met at a gala for a homeless charity last summer.

On Friday 20-year-old Shozna, whose surname has not been revealed, will be whisked off to a secret location to undergo a special Royal makeover.

She will then take her seat amongst royals, A-list celebrities and foreign dignitaries at Westminster Abbey to witness the wedding.

In October 2009 Shozna, from east London, suffered a stroke which paralysed the right side of her body and left her unable to speak.

Months later she became homeless at the age of 18 and was helped by charity Centrepoint, of which William has been patron since 2005.

Shozna will be donning a dress by celebrity fashion designer Raishma Islam, who says it will be “fit for a princess”.

The outfit, worth £1,500, is made from silk hand-dyed in India and will be embellished with hand-sewn beading and embroidery. Miss Islam, who has made gowns for princesses

Eugenie and Beatrice, worked as an assistant to Princess Diana's bridal gown designer, Elizabeth Emanuel.

She said: “I am thrilled to be creating something really special for Shozna. Her story is incredibly moving and she is a delight to dress as she is so lovely and petite.

“We sat down together and discussed shapes and colours and came up with the idea of a strapless papaya orange and red dress, with a matching red bolero.

“Now the clock is running as I have literally days to make the outfit from scratch, totally made to measure and with some of my signature, ornate beading.”

Shozna said: “I love the dress and I never thought in a million years I'd one day own a pair of Jimmy Choos.

“I can't thank everyone who has donated everything enough. It’s the most exciting time of my life.”

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