A 17-YEAR-old youth councillor from Newton Farm in Hereford has been invited to the royal wedding.

Aaron Baldwin could not believe it when he received post inviting him to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May at Windsor Castle.

He was nominated due to his role as chairman of the Hereford City Youth Council, which he took on in January 2017.

Aaron said he knew the envelope contained something special as the royal crest was sealed onto it.

He said: "I didn't know what to do. I was absolutely buzzing."

Aaron said he is going to hire a suit for the event and is going to take his dad, Keith, along.

He added: "The youth council's main aim is to get more young people a chance to have their voice heard. Everyone has a voice and they should use it. Hereford isn't as bad as it seems and you can make a difference."

Aaron is studying his level three in health and social care at Herefordshire and Ludlow College and works part time at Holme Lacy House Hotel.

Keith said: "I am very proud. I was very proud of Aaron when he first became the chair of the Hereford City Youth Council. He has really made a name for himself in what he has done with and through them."

Aaron and his dad, who works as a senior pastoral leader at Hereford Academy, live in Newton Farm in South Wye.

Keith said: "Often Newton Farm gets a bit of a bad press, it just goes to show it is not about where you live but how you represent yourself in the community. Aaron proves young people have got a lot going for them."

He added: "I am looking forward to it. It is a unique experience, not everyone gets invited to a royal wedding."