Royal treat for Mac­a­roon queen

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A BIRM­ING­HAM patis­serie chef has re­ceived an of­fi­cial in­vite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Rosie Gin­day, who runs Miss Mac­a­roon in Great Western Ar­cade, made sweet treats for the royal cou­ple when they re­cently vis­ited Birm­ing­ham – and now the en­trepreneur has been in­vited to the cou­ple’s wedding on May 19.

Ms Gin­day, a former chef at Pur­nell’s restau­rant, founded Miss Mac­a­roon as a social en­ter­prise in 2011 to pro­vide train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple.

The 34-year-old said she was “de­lighted and sur­prised” to have re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion after im­press­ing the cou­ple with mac­a­roons she and her trainees made when the royal cou­ple re­cently vis- ited Birm­ing­ham. Harry and Meghan vis­ited Mil­len­nium Point last month and met fe­male stu­dents as part of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

Ms Gin­day sup­plied mac­a­roons baked at her As­ton kitchen premises for the spe­cial event to in­spire young girls to pur­sue a ca­reer in STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths). She met the cou­ple on the day and mac­a­roons were given out as gifts.

She has now been in­vited to the wedding as part of the 1,200 com­mu­nity lead­ers and in­spir­ing chil­dren’ pro­gramme.

‘Miss Mac­a­roon’ said in a state­ment: “We’re re­ally ex­cited that our founder Rosie Gin­day has been in­vited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding in May! We’re look­ing for­ward to be part of this joy­ous oc­ca­sion.”

On meet­ing the cou­ple, Ms Gin­day pre­vi­ously told the Post: “I’m ex­cited to meet Meghan and think it’s great she will be join­ing the Royal Fam­ily.

“She does a huge amount to pro­mote fe­male causes which not a lot of peo­ple know about.”

> Rosie Gin­day, who founded Miss Mac­a­roon, and has now been in­vited to the royal wedding

> Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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