Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Royal guests for the British wedding

While Clarence House has made it clear that no guest list for the wedding of Prince William of Britain and Kate Middleton in less than three weeks will be published in advance, Daily Mail yesterday claimed to have the complete guest list. While the media of most other countries would probably have been very interested in which foreign royals would attend, Daily Mail typically does not mention the foreign royals at all, but is more preoccupied with British celebrities and alleged exes of the bride and groom.
Nevertheless it is possible to get a picture of which royals will be there based on what the foreign courts have themselves announced about their royal family’s attendance.
King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will, as previously mentioned, be there, and the court of Stockholm has also announced that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel will represent Sweden. From Denmark there has so far been no official confirmation, but the weekly Billed-Bladet – usually well-informed about such matters – has stated that Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik will attend themselves. This also seems natural given that the King of Norway and the Queen of Denmark apparently are the only European monarchs who socialises with the Queen of Britain.
The Dutch court has announced that Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima will represent their country and from Belgium it has been said that Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde will travel to London. The King of Spain never attends foreign royal weddings, but last week the court of Madrid made known that Queen Sofia will represent Spain. She will be accompanied by Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, which is only natural as they have just hosted the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for an official visit to Spain.
There seems to be no word yet about who will represent Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco.
Several non-European royal houses have also been invited to send representatives, but from Tokyo it has been stated in the wake of the natural and nuclear disasters that no members of the imperial family will go to London.
Relatives from non-reigning royal families are also among the 1,900 invitees and the ex-King and ex-Queen of the Hellenes as well as the ex-Crown Prince of Serbia (or ex-Yugoslavia) and his wife have confirmed their attendance.

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