Royal Wedding: RAF rescue hero houred by wedding invite

coupleRB''Kathryn and Richard Taylor, originally from Sheffield Lane Top and Woodseats, who were invited to the Royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.'Richard is in the RAF and works with Prince William on search and rescue.
coupleRB''Kathryn and Richard Taylor, originally from Sheffield Lane Top and Woodseats, who were invited to the Royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.'Richard is in the RAF and works with Prince William on search and rescue.
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MOST of us had to make do with watching the Royal Wedding on TV - but a couple from Sheffield went one better by attending the service in person.

RAF serviceman Richard Taylor and his wife Kathryn attended Westminster Abbey after Prince William invited all of his military colleagues from the air force’s search and rescue team in Anglesey, Wales.

Richard is originally from Woodseats, while Kathryn is from Sheffield Lane Top, and the pair told The Star it was a “great honour” to be present at the momentous occasion.

“We were quite shocked to be invited, really - a lot of people thought we were going down to spectate outside so they were quite surprised when we said we’re going to the wedding,” said Kathryn, aged 48.

Richard, 41, is a master air crewman in the RAF’s 22 Squadron ‘C’ Flight, and works as a helicopter winchman, carrying out rescues in perilous situations.

The wedding wasn’t the couple’s first brush with royalty - last year the couple visited Buckingham Palace when Richard was awarded a medal for rescuing passengers from the Riverdance Ferry, which ran aground off the Blackpool coast.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that William’s invited everyone, it shows he’s a really nice lad,” Kathryn said. “He wanted all of his mates to be there with him.”

The couple, who now live in Altrincham, Cheshire, travelled down to London the day before the wedding, but unlike William and Kate didn’t enjoy the luxury of staying in a top hotel or palace, instead sleeping at a Travelodge in Waterloo.

They enjoyed a good view of the ceremony from their seats in the abbey’s south transept, and Kathryn said she faced a tricky dilemma choosing what to wear, eventually plumping for a bright pink dress and hat.

“It was difficult, but I managed in the end,” said Kathryn, who is a dental hygienist. The couple married in Sheffield in 1995 and moved to Altrincham 15 years ago.