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Posted at 9:37 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Details on the royal wedding guest list, sort of

By Autumn Brewington

Royal officials won't say who was invited to the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- but they were willing to explain, in general terms, how the 1,900 invitations were divvied up.

Clarence House, the home of William's father, Prince Charles, put out a statement this weekend with a few details. The invitations were issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II. Her initials (EIIR) are featured in gold at the top of the cream-colored cards under a gold crown. The text on the invitations is die-stamped; the invitation's edges are beveled and gilded.

Guests for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey include representatives from the military, the charities of which William is a patron, the Church of England and other faiths, members of the British government and diplomatic corps, and governors-general and prime ministers from countries in the British Commonwealth.

The statement gave a rough breakdown, including spouses, as:

• The vast majority of guests are drawn from Prince William and Miss Middleton's Family and Friends - more than 1,000 • Over 50 Members of The Royal Family • Over 40 Members of Foreign Royal Families • Over 200 Members of Government, Parliament and Diplomatic Corps • Approximately 80 guests drawn from Prince William's charities • 60 Governors-General and Realm Prime Ministers • 30 Members of the Defence Services

By Autumn Brewington  | February 21, 2011; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  Guest list, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal family  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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I hope none were sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Kenyan president "dissed' England when he sent the Queen those idiotic CDs and removed the painting of Churchill. But that' what you would expect from an Ivy league Lawyer/Community Activist.

But, come November, 2012, it will be "BURIANI OBAMA". To the linguistically challenged, Google the phrase!

Posted by: fregameeate | February 21, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

He he he! They didn't get an invitation. All I can say is a big thank you to the royal family and Great Britain for giving the Obamas a middle finger salute. Breeding still does count in England. You don't paw the Queen and then expect to get invited back for a repeat performance. America wishes the couple a happy lifetime filled with much love and great happiness.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 21, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the fact that the Obamas are making a full State Visit to London less than a month after the wedding has more to do w/their not going then anything else. Since William is not the current heir to the throne, the way his father was in '81, it is not expected that the Head of State attend this wedding, even if the State Visit weren't right after.

Posted by: txrus | February 21, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's a waste of money to feed and provide every luxury for royalty, do nothing but enjoy life with people's taxes.

Posted by: SISP | February 21, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who are gloating about the Obamas not being invited are misinformed. The only heads of state who have been invited are the leaders of the former British colonies that comprise the Commonwealth.

You should also know that the Obamas are being honored with a state visit to the UK in May. A state visit is a formal affair when a visiting head of state is accorded full ceremonial trappings and is hosted by the Queen.

The Obamas will stay at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle as guests of the Queen.

Posted by: bluecoua | February 21, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Is Harry Potter going

Posted by: Potter2 | February 21, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The State Visit is the Queens revenge. Obama will also receive from the Queen an official letter with her initial embossed on it. No, not a wedding invite, but his official birth certificate in Kenya as a British subject according to the rules of his fathers tribe. The State coach will be heading in the direction of the Tower of London where the kings and queens of England have traditionally locked up miscreants of the Crown. Enjoy yourself Barry.

Posted by: clivef | February 21, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

There are some interesting questions here. How many of the Spencer family are on the guest list considering some of their less than admirable behavior (Earl Spencer's funeral eulogy chiding the royal family, his messy second divorce with charges of adultery, the Spencer family's embarrassing prosecution of Diana's butler Paul Burrell)?

Since Britain has been cozying up to Libya, was Gaddafi on the original guest list?

And why does the royal family continue to remind us that they ostrasized Diana after her divorce by disincluding Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah from all these public events? It's as archaic as referring to business suits as "lounge suits."

Posted by: cassandra9 | February 21, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Ferguson was caught on camera trying to sell access to Prince Andrew. That's why she was not invited.

As for the Obamas, my guess is that they were not invited because Michelle broke protocol by grabbing the Queen. Who wants those kinds of headlines at a wedding? The focus shoild be on William and Kate, not on what Michelle wore, or what rules she broke. The Brits are giving the Obamas a state dinner instead.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | February 21, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, President Reagan did not attend the wedding of Prince William's parents and Nancy Reagan was widely criticized in England for her huge entourage and uppity, gauche behavior. But don't let that stop your unpatriotic fact-free attacks on our President, dear little fat trolls. You make me laugh.

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | February 21, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

We expect her portliness to take some protocol classes before she heads back to English. She embarrassed this country last time with her rude manners. You don't go around pawing the queen. Obviously Moochie was out of her element and it showed. She represents this country when she travels officially and she did a very poor job last time. We expect more on this next trip.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 21, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... "bluecoua" and "GreybirdK1":
It is hilarious that, actually, the Obama's are not invited. And, was Reagan invited - or did he just not attend?
You do not touch the Queen. Period. Neither Barack nor, especially in this case, Michelle have one clue about protocol or how to handle themselves in many situations. She tells us that how to eat and then chows down on ribs in Vail. He tells us he's for the regular guy and how we all have to change our "tone" after the Tuscon Memorial/Pep Rally - Then he takes sides in Wisconsin and - of course - picks his union buddies.
Maybe they just didn't want a head of state over there that has no national pride and shows bad taste by quite possibly bad mouthing his own country while he's there, which is, ironically, their ally. Also - He ALWAYS makes everything about him since he obviously has no humility.
He's really kind of a joke - Unfortunately, the joke's on us for electing him... and, England is smart enough to get that.
By the way - Weren't we a former colony? I wonder if former President George W Bush will be invited? His wife, Laura, is such a lovely lady with class. She gets protocol, too.

Posted by: TexasJul | February 22, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

It IS considered a snub for the Obama's NOT to be invited. Period. It doesn't matter if they are going later for a State visit - It is a snub to not be invited. You can always decline the invite.
President Reagan and First Lady Nancy WERE invited to Prince Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981. Only Nancy went to the wedding - due to the fact that President Reagan was still recovering from an assassination attempt.
There you go.

Posted by: TexasJul | February 22, 2011 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Only heads of state from within the British Commonwealth are invited to royal weddings of this nature, which British tradition touts more as a family event than a political one. The Obamas were not snubbed at all, just as the heads of state of other non-British Commonwealth countries (think Germany, France, Japan, etc.) were not invited. Grow up, people.

Posted by: PattiFink1 | February 22, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Obamas were not invited to the wedding. That saved the taxpayers an enormous amount of money in travel expenses. I read somewhere that the trip to Asia that the Obamas took last year cost almost 2 millon dollars.

Posted by: fridaolay | February 23, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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