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Last Thursday, a palace source confirmed to the press that invitations to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton had been postmarked. A stiff white card measuring about 8 inches x 6 inches, with gold lettering and gilded edges is en route to arrive via snail mail to 1,900 of the world’s most elite, well-connected individuals. Attendees of the much-awaited royal wedding will include kings, charity leaders, close family and friends, and politicians the world over. A select few of the guests, 600 of the total 1,900 invitees, will also be invited by Queen Elizabeth to a reception following the ceremony in the Abbey. Even fewer guests, 300 of the 600 invited to the Queen’s event, will make the cut to attend a dinner hosted by Prince Charles that evening at Buckingham Palace.
So which fortunate recipients should have their promotional letter openers ready and waiting for a royal invite? Keep reading for more details…
Over 1000 of the guests are family and friends of the Prince and his fiancée, over 40 members hail from royal families, over 200 invitees are members of government, parliament, and diplomatic corps, about 80 of the guests are involved with Prince William’s charities, 60 are governors-general and realm prime ministers, and 30 are members of the defence services. From David and Victoria Beckham to Sir Elton John, invitees include a wide array of familiar names. The Kings of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Bahrain are on the list, as well as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Sultan of Oman and the Sultan of Brunei. The April 29th soiree is sure to be a defining moment in history for all those involved, including those “commoners” like myself, who will be glued to our TVs as the wedding activities unfold!