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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/24/2011

A third royal wedding reception?

By Autumn Brewington

About 1,900 guests have been invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But when the ceremony at Westminster Abbey is over, things are a bit tricky. Queen Elizabeth is hosting a reception for 600 people at Buckingham Palace just after the ceremony. An even more select group of 300 are to attend a dinner hosted by William's father, Prince Charles, that night.

So what about the other 1,300 guests? (Who reportedly don't include Sarah Ferguson or the Obamas; and beneath the array of headlines, there hasn't been a clear answer on David and Victoria Beckham.)

The Daily Mail's Richard Kay is hearing that British taxpayers might be footing the bill for a third reception. After the 1981 wedding of William's parents, Kay writes, foreign dignitaries and others were left on their own. That might not be the case on April 29:

While no final decision has been made, it seems these guests will be ferried the short journey to Chelsea, where there are plans to entertain them under marquees in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, where the Chelsea Flower Show will be held a few weeks later.

And their host? Foreign Secretary William Hague -- accompanied by his wife Ffion -- is thought to be the most suitable figure to ­welcome the legions of High ­Commissioners, diplomats and other foreign dignitaries not going on to the Palace.

Even with basic refreshments, there would be little change out of £100,000 for a bash of this size.

That would be about $162,000 -- a bill, Kay notes, that "would inevitably be met by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office -- in effect, the taxpayer."

By Autumn Brewington  | February 24, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Guest list, Kate Middleton, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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