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Nearly 2,000 invitations for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are in the mail. Here, a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Office at Buckingham Palace readies the invitations for mailing.
There are just over two months to go until the royal wedding, and the invitations are out. Embossed with a gold-lettered EIIR, the queen's insignia, at the top, the invitation features elegant black writing on a stiff white card. "The Lord Chamberlain [was] commanded by the Queen to invite" about 1,900 guests, who were asked to wear either dress uniform, morning coats or lounge suits.
As royals and commoners alike eagerly check their mailboxes this week, the guest list is slowly leaking out. Approximately 50 members of the royal family, along with 40 or so members of other royal families were invited, and some of the surprise invitees include King of Jordan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Sultan of Oman, the King of Bahrain, the Sultan of Brunei and the King of Saudi Arabia, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported. Royals from around Europe – Greece, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Norway – are also likely to attend.
In addition to royalty, football player David Beckham, who worked closely with William on England’s 2018 World Cup bid, and his wife Victoria were invited, UK newspapers reported. Also rumored to be on the guest list are singer Elton John, a close friend of William's mother, Diana, and maybe even rapper Kanye West. William's office said about 1,000 of the guests will be the family and friends of the prince, Kate and their parents.
The invitations for the wedding of Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton have been sent out to their guests, including 50 members of the British royal family. NBC's Keith Miller reports.
But just as notable as who was included on the guest list, is who was not. President and Michelle Obama didn’t make the cut as it’s not a state wedding, and neither did Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, William’s uncle.
There will be 200 guests from the British government, parliament and diplomatic service, 80 guests from charities William is involved in, 30 people from the armed forces, and 60 senior government figures from Commonwealth countries. About 600 people have been invited to a lunchtime reception after the wedding service at Buckingham Palace and 300 to an evening event hosted by Prince Charles.