Royal wedding invites posted
Britain's Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton have sent out invites to their hotly anticipated royal wedding to around 1,900 guests.PT1M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-1b1aa 620 349 February 21, 2011
Invites to April's royal wedding are in the mail - first-class mail of course - and while the gold-embossed, thick white cards have started to arrive in Europe, at least two Australians still eagerly await the postie's visit.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson are on the official guest list of 1900 for the April 29 Westminster Abbey wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Although the list hasn't been released publicly by the palace, a spokesman for Ms Gillard on Sunday confirmed that Australia's prime minister and Mr Mathieson are awaiting their invitation.
Not invited: Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Photo: Reuters
"The Prime Minister looks forward to receiving and responding to the formal invitation," he said.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce will also receive an invitation, according to media reports, as one of several Commonwealth governors-general on the guest list.
Forty international crowned heads have been personally invited by the Queen to attend the wedding, including the Emperor of Japan, the King of Malaysia, the King of Thailand, the King of Jordan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Sultan of Brunei, London's The Mail newspaper reported on Sunday.
However, US President Barack Obama and French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy are understood not to have been invited, the paper added.
More than 1000 of the guests will be friends of the prince, 28, and his princess-to-be, 29, and will stretch to celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham.
The prince has also invited around 80 guests linked to organisations for which he is either patron or president, including the UK Football Association, Centrepoint (the homelessness charity for which his mother was patron), and wildlife conservation group, the Tusk Trust.
The gilt-edged invitations, stamped with a gold "EIIR", which begin "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by The Queen to invite ..." were sent out on Wednesday and Thursday (local time).
Some guests will attend only the 11am ceremony, while 600 have been invited to a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, before a more intimate family and friends affair - dinner for 300 - at the palace, for which a separate invitation will be issued.
The invitation asks that men wear "uniform, morning coat or lounge suit" to the ceremony.
News emerged last week that Prince Harry will be best man for his older brother and Miss Middleton's sister Pippa, will be her maid of honour.
While members of the royal family and its connections make up a significant portion of the guest list, much has been made in the British press that Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew, will not be invited.