In the Mail: Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding Invitation
The palace revealed Will and Kate's 8-inch by 6-inch invitation to the press, says the U.K.'s Daily Mail, which reports that "more than half" the recipients will be friends of the couple. The conservatively designed white card is stamped with (grandmother-of-the-groom) Queen Elizabeth's golden insignia, and requests a dress code of military uniform, morning coat or lounge (business) suit.
But alert your social secretary: This invite to Westminster Abbey applies to the 11:00 a.m. marriage ceremony only. The full celebration is a three-part affair, with increasingly exclusive guest lists. And when it comes to who's making the cut, some surprising snubs and desperate wannabes are already making news.
The luckiest of royal insiders will receive an invitation to the Queen's reception for 600, to be held at the church immediatly after the ceremony (hey, 1,300 of you: don't let the Abbey door hit you on the way out!), and another invitation from Prince Charles, who's hosting a dinner for 300 that night at Buckingham Palace. Prince William's office has no plans to offer glimpses of these two coveted invitations.
The black sheep of the royal family, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, has already confirmed via her rep that she won't be a part of the wedding festivities (and "never expected to be invited").
And although French president Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni made the guest list -- as did the Kings of Bahrain, Jordan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia -- the palace has reportedly decided not to invite President and Michelle Obama.
U.S. presidents were invited to the weddings of both Prince Charles (to Diana) and Prince Andrew (to Sarah) in the '80s, so this 21st-century snub of a Nobel-prize-winning president is conspicuous. The palace's explanation, according to the Daily Mail: Since William is not the sovereign, nor immediate heir, his marriage isn't "a formal state occasion." Tell that to the Emperor of Japan and Sultan of Brunei (also allegedly invited)!
At least one royal-watcher has taken drastic measures to secure an invitation. Rueters reports that Estibalis Chavez, a 19-year-old Mexican student in pigtails and glasses, is staging a hunger strike and sleeping in a tent outside the British Embassy in Mexico City, claiming she hasn't eaten since Feb. 10, and won't stop until she's invited to the nuptials. A flyer featuring a photo of William and Kate is plastered near the embassy gate and reads, "This is my only dream." If Chavez's stunt fails, perhaps the Queen could at least send her a slice of wedding cake?
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