An Irish schoolgirl has become one of the first members of the public to receive an invitation to next month's royal wedding.

18-year-old Daniella Timperley, from Randalstown, Northern Ireland, was chosen to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day because of extensive charity work.

The student received the special invite the same week she was named Ireland’s Top Youth Volunteer at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards in Dublin.

The news was revealed on social media by St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena, where she is currently a sixth form student.

"What a week it has been for Daniella! Not only was she named Top Youth Volunteer 2018, she has also received an invitation to the royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle as a result of her extensive charity work!"

Along with being named a Top Youth Volunteer, Daniella has been involved in Women’s Aid movement, which she represented on the BBC Children in Need Youth Panel in 2015, helping to co-ordinate fundraising efforts and voicing the needs of those helped by the organisation.

She has also volunteered in care homes, completed intergenerational projects with the elderly, and also helped at a homework club in Ballymena with younger children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle in May at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.