Roane represented at royal wedding

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By Cindy Simpson

Editor's note: Story updated on May 3, 2011, to correct spelling of Chelsea Rose Black's father's name.

When Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton say their “I dos” on Friday, a Roane County High School graduate will be in attendance.

Chelsea Rose Black, 27, the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Black, will be at a number of festivities throughout the day, including the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Black knows the couple through her fiancé, Alasdair Coutts-Wood.

“She and her fiancé are friends with Will and Kate. Chelsea’s fiancé was a college friend,” said Lisa, who operates the Market Street Fountain at Ladd Landing. “They became friends in college at St. Andrews.”

The couple will attend some of the high profile events that have been the nonstop subject of royal wedding news for weeks.

“After the ceremony, they are two of 600 people invited to a lunch with the Queen of Buckingham Palace. Then they are two of 300 people invited to the dinner ball that night at Buckingham Palace that is hosted by Prince Charles,” Lisa said.

She said her daughter has been getting ready for weeks.

“You get a big packet of security papers you have to read through and learn. Mostly, the biggest thing for Chelsea is what am I going to wear as far as preparing for it,” Lisa said.

Chelsea met her fiancé eight years ago while she was a student at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and Coutts-Wood was an intern in Charleston.

“She actually had a part-time job at a country club, and that is where they met,” Lisa said. “It was while Will and Kate were at St. Andrews and so was Alasdair.”

When Chelsea made trips to visit Coutts-Wood, they sometimes went on a double date with the royal couple.

Her daughter and future son-in-law will be getting married in St. Andrews chapel.

“It is a high privilege to get to get married at the chapel at St. Andrews,” Lisa said.