Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri and boyfriend Andrew Le Page met King Charles at a special Windsor Castle reception before the Coronation concert on Sunday.
The 24-year-old model, who was the ITV show’s first deaf contestant, looked elegant in a white dress with feathered edges as she walked into the castle.
Meanwhile Andrew, 27, cut a dapper figure in a beige suit and a crisp white shirt as the pair posed for a mirror selfie.
Tasha, who is a Coronation Champions Ambassador, revealed she was denied a picture with King Charles as guests weren’t allowed to take photos at the reception.
She wrote: ‘What a moment. I’m so proud to be a Coronation Champions Ambassador hence why I’ve had the pleasure to be here today.
Special moment: Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri and boyfriend Andrew Le Page met King Charles at a special Windsor Castle reception before the Coronation concert on Sunday
Chic: The 24-year-old model, who was the ITV show’s first deaf contestant, looked elegant in a white dress with feathered edges as she walked into the castle
‘We had the honour to meet the king and queen (wish I had photos but we weren’t allowed).
‘Little me would’ve thought this would have never happened and feeling so grateful to represent the deaf community.’
Tasha recently shared her shock after receiving an invitation to King Charles’ coronation celebrations.
The dancer initially revealed the surprise news on Wednesday, sharing a snap of the highly-coveted invitation.
And days after digesting the news, Tasha told how she initially ‘didn’t believe it’ when the royal letter came through her door.
The model and deaf campaigner an ambassador for The Royal National Institute for Deaf People, which she revealed is how she managed to bag the coveted invite.
She told The Mirror : ‘I didn’t expect it if I am honest’, adding: ‘It’s a great opportunity to be invited. And it’s gonna be a great day, and I get to go with Andrew as well so we will go together.’
Tasha went on: ‘I didn’t expect it at all. I think it’s because I do a lot of charity work behind the scenes that not everyone really knows about. So I think that’s kind of why it’s come about, but I’m excited. I can’t wait.’
Tasha had been asked to a reception at Windsor Castle this Sunday, the day after the King is crowned , as well as the Coronation Concert and a reception beforehand.
The once-in-a-generation event is set to attract some of the biggest names from the worlds of politics, celebrity and high society.
And despite his attempts to ‘slim down’ the occasion, the guest-list for the Coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6 is believed to be around 2,000-people strong.
Looking good: Meanwhile Andrew, 27, cut a dapper figure in a beige suit and a crisp white shirt as the pair posed for a mirror selfie
Beaming: Tasha posed beside supermodel Naomi Campbell and pals at the lavish event
Gutting: Tasha, who is a Coronation Champions Ambassador, revealed she was denied a picture with King Charles as guests weren’t allowed to take photos at the reception
Now, Tasha is set to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Prince Harry, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, David and Victoria Beckham, Dame Joanna Lumley, The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, Amanda Holden, comedic legend Rowan Atkinson and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as a host of others.
The model and dancer was born ‘completely deaf’ and was forced to ‘overcome a lot of obstacles’ growing up with a disability she now calls her ‘superpower.’
Her parents learned she was deaf when she was 12 months old and she had a cochlear implant, which is an electronic device, fitted aged five, as well as having years of speech therapy.
Since exiting the Love Island villa, Tasha has been very outspoken about her disability and raised awareness of her condition.
After receiving the invitation, she shared an emotional post to her social media.
Snapping a photo of her cochlear implant, she wrote alongside it: ‘A post dedicated to you.
‘I’ve had this in my drafts for a long time and I had filmed another episode for my podcast today and a lot of emotions came out. I know on this page its more to do with my fashion, work etc. ive been more real on my @superpowerswithtasha page.
‘I don’t often talk about the struggles that come with being deaf and wearing a cochlear implant.
‘I deal with social anxiety massively, a lot of that came from the abelist comments i received and still do to this day, common thoughts that run through my head is ‘what if i cant hear whoever is speaking to me’ ‘what if i completely misunderstand’ ‘what if my voice gets judged’ ‘what if someone comes over and takes out my implant’ and so many more.
‘It’s something im still coping with and its a journey for sure! Most of the time I’d rather just stay in my lil flat and not face it.
‘I also deal with concentration fatigue – i have to lip read, focus in on conversations, by the end of the day i suffer with migraines and headaches, I’ll be completely worn out and drained to the point i can’t even speak. Hence why I nap alot. napping helps me to recharge and get my energy back!
Call up: The Love Island star initially revealed the surprise news on Wednesday, sharing a snap of the highly-coveted invitation
Tribute: After receiving the invitation, she shared an emotional post to her social media about her disability
‘I do have my down days – it’s normal to have these days!
‘But at the same time im so grateful for my cochlear implant. its opened so many doors and opportunities for me. Just because I have a cochlear implant doesn’t mean I’m fixed. I have my struggles behind closed doors and so does everyone.
‘i just wanted to share more of my reality AND everyone’s reality that has a cochlear implant / deafness / hearing loss!!! for those that are going through the same thing – you’re not alone! Representation is important.
My podcast is coming very soon, thank you all for being patient and I can’t wait to share with you all, it really is empowering.’