Lord Provost heads to Royal Wedding

Edinburgh's Lord Provost George Grubb is making the final preparations for his journey to London tomorrow where he will be a guest at the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

The Lord Provost, who is also Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, is taking an early morning flight to attend the event at Westminster Abbey.

He said: "I am delighted to be representing the City of Edinburgh at the Royal Wedding. It promises to be a lovely occasion celebrating the happiness of two young people and I will no doubt remember the event for a long time to come."

The Lord Provost also revealed that he had received two thank you letters - one from St James Palace, one from The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) - in gratitude for the wedding gift of £250.

This sum was presented to the bridal couple from the Lord Provost's Benevolent Fund, with the request that it should go towards the RAFBF. The Lord Provost served as an RAF padre for eight years, and Prince William is an RAF helicopter pilot.

The letter from the RAFBF passes on the organisation's gratitude to the City of Edinburgh Council, stating: "We are all honoured that Prince William and Miss Middleton have chosen the RAFBF to benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund. Any donations that we receive will directly support our work with serving and former RAF personnel and their families, providing them with financial, practical and emotional support whenever they need it."

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