Several British newspapers, including Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, the Observer and the Mail on Sunday, today report that invitations for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April have been sent out this week. Among those invited are fifty members of the extended British royal family and forty members of foreign royal families. Sixty representatives of the Commonwealth nations are also among the invitees, whereas non-royal and non-Commonwealth heads of state have not been invited.
1,900 people have been invited to the marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey, whereas 600 (mostly family members, friends and foreign royals, but also the Prime Minister and some other selected officials) are invited to the recepetion hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace afterwards (Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet has taken the phrase “wedding breakfast” literally and writes that these people will join the Queen for breakfast “the next morning”!). 300 friends and family members are also invited to the dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales at the Palace in the evening.
The Mail, not always the most reliable of newspapers, claims to know that the kings of Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Tonga and Thailand, the sultans of Oman and Brunei, the Emperor of Japan and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi are among the foreign royals invited.
The Japanese imperial household have earlier confirmed that the Emperor and Empress have received a “hold the date” fax, but that they will not attend due to previous commitments. The same fax is known to have been received by the ex-King of Romania and the ex-Crown Prince of Serbia, but only the latter and his wife have confirmed that they will actually be present. Clarence House has stated that no guest list will be published ahead of the wedding.
The dress code for the Abbey ceremony is “uniform, morning coat or lounge suit".