That’s right, Michelle and Barack are getting the royal snub. The Daily Mail reports that since Prince William isn’t heir to the throne yet (that distinction belongs to his father Prince Charles), his wedding won’t be considered a “state occasion.” As such, him and Kate have decided to leave the Obamas off the coveted guest list.
We keep saying Kate and William are royals of the people, and it’s true! The couple thousand guests who will join the pair for their April 29th nuptials at Westminster Abbey will include “ordinary citizens and charity workers [rather] than foreign dignitaries and VIPs.” However, rumor has it Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni are expected to be invited. Maybe Carla will throw Kate a hen party!
Explained a royal aide: “It will be done properly and well, but not in an ostentatious and lavish manner. This time is more analogous with 1947. In 1981 a lot more people were invited to the wedding. The route to St Paul’s was also longer than it is to the Abbey. It was undeniably a bigger wedding.”
The 1981 wedding in question is of course Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s lavish affair. Regardless, isn’t it a bit odd that the Obamas won’t even get a courtesy invite? The Reagans were invited to Prince Andrew‘s wedding to Fergie (the redhead, not the singer) even though that was not an official state occasion. All we’re saying is 2,000 guests is a lot of guests! Surely the Obamas should be two of them, right? We guess they’ll have to watch the 3D wedding broadcast like the rest of us.
And now, a completely gratuitous picture of Kate and William’s first public outing since their engagement announcement: