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Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Party Invitation Extended to Barrie Tornado Survivors

A Barrie couple whose lives were turned upside down in 2021 when a tornado devastated their far south neighborhood spent an unforgettable day as guests at Buckingham Palace.

Megan Kirk Chang and her husband Brandon Chang were invited by the Canadian High Commission to represent the Commonwealth at the prestigious Royal Garden Party, held at the royal residence in London, England, on Tuesday.

Megan Kirk Chang and Brandon Chang represent the Commonwealth at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (Courtesy: Megan Kirk Chang)

Canadians living in the United Kingdom and involved in public service were encouraged to apply to be invited to the Royal Garden Party.

The couple was among 30 people chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime honor from more than 700 applicants.

“Despite the rain, it was truly an amazing experience,” Megan shared in an email to CTV News.

The duo watched in awe as Prince William, dressed in his top hat and tails, walked down the palace stairs towards the crowd.

Prince William at Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (Courtesy: Megan Kirk Chang)

“We were very proud to be citizens born and raised in Barrie and to be able to attend such an event,” he added. “What a fabulous day.”