The entire world is buzzing today about William and Kate’s royal wedding invitations.
Did Barack and Michelle Obama get a royal wedding invitation, or did they get snubbed? Who else has been invited to the royal wedding scheduled for 29 April, 2011? The gold-beveled wedding invitations were issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II herself, and should be arriving in mailboxes around the world beginning today, Monday, February 22, 2011.
Royal families from around the world, dignitaries, diplomats, religious, world charity, and armed forces representatives, rapper Kanye West, soccer star David Beckham, singers Elton John, Paul McCarthy, and many others are speculated to have received wedding invites.
Royals watcher Victoria Arbiter reported on the CBS News “The Early Show” Monday, “President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama aren’t among those getting a royal wedding invitation. The Obamas have not been snubbed. Prince William is only second in line to the throne, which means that this is not an official state occasion. So therefore, foreign heads of state are not required to be invited.”
According to MSNBC.com, “Kanye West gets a nod, but no wedding invite for first couple. Would you call Michelle andBarack Obama among 2,000 of your closest friends? Seems as though Prince William and Kate Middleton wouldn’t. Wedding invitations were sent late last week – all 2,000 of them – and the president and first lady didn’t get the royal nod to attend the wedding on April 29. While rapper Kanye West was rumored to have received an invite, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni didn’t get one. Some say that the Obamas’ rocky relationship with Britain might be to blame.”
Who Didn’t Get a Royal Wedding Invitation?
Time.com’s reported headline, “Snubbed: Sarah Ferguson Not Invited to the Royal Wedding,” tells it all. It’s no surprise Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife of 15 years, wasn’t invited to William and Kate’s wedding.
“The 51-year-old Ferguson said, via a spokesman, that “she never expected to be invited,” and, in any case, would have missed the big day due to “private plans overseas.” It’s also been reported that she was reluctant to attend alone, even though her daughters, and Prince William’s first cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will be there, quite possibly in prime position at the front of Westminster Abbey,” continued Time.com.
Royal Wedding Ceremony, Reception and Prince Charles Reception
Even more desirable than receiving just a royal wedding invitation to the Westminster Abbey ceremony, are the 600 lucky guests who have been invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace. Even more coveted is the extra special invite that only 300 guests will receive to the intimate evening reception hosted by Prince William’s father Prince Charles.
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Sources: Time; MSNBC; CBS; CNN
Photos: Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding invitation as they are prepared for postage at Buckingham Palace, on February 16, 2011 in London, England. The wedding will take place on April 29, at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by John Stillwell – WPA Poo//Getty Images)