Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Guest List 2011

The Royal Wedding Guest List 2011 - Wedding guest lists are dangerous territory. How many people should the parents invite? What if one half of the happy couple brings more guests than the other? Are old flames welcome? All these problems are multiplied a thousandfold if you're the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and your wedding is going to be watched by a billion people worldwide and your family has a few shady connections. There have already been complaints about the strict invite policy; no plus ones! but who did make the cut? The royal invitation list includes toffs, exes, celebrities, dubious billionaires, and a pair of shady uncles. Here's a crowd-spotting guide for those watching at home.

In what has been deemed "a snub of historic proportions," the last two British prime ministers, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, have been left off the guest list for the royal wedding.

As neither Brown nor Blair found much favor with Buckingham Palace during their respective tenures, authorities have been forced to dismiss numerous reports that the exclusions were intended as an act of royal vengeance, although they could be a mere oversight. The official explanation, according to the New York Times, is that neither Blair nor Brown are a member of the Order of the Garter, a royal honor dating to the 14th century that is traditionally bestowed on distinguished individuals for their service to the nation or the crown. And given that the wedding is not a state occasion, "there is no protocol reason to invite former prime ministers," a spokesman for Prince William tells MSNBC.

Apparently this criteria did not apply in 1981, as two of the five prime ministers who attended Prince Charles' wedding to Princess Diana were reportedly not members of the order at the time. Nor does it explain the other noteworthy exclusions, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as two of Diana's close confidantes.

Officials say the snubs become even more questionable given some of the more surprising names who did make the cut, among them soccer star David Beckham, Madonna's film director ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and a postman and cocktail lounge barman from Kate Middleton's hometown.

View notable exclusions from the royal wedding guest list here:

  1. U.S. President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama
  2.  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair & Wife Cherie Blair
  3. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown & Wife Sarah BrownFrench
  4. President Nicolas Sarkozy & First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
  5. Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York
  6. Lady Annabel Goldsmith
  7. Rosa Monckton
  8. Lily Allen, British Pop Star


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