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Obama Snubbed by the Royal Famly?

Royal Snub: Obama’s Not on Guest List For Prince William’s Wedding.

(Daily Mail) — President Obama and his wife Michelle will not be invited to Prince William’s wedding next year. Because Prince William is not yet heir to the throne, his wedding to Kate Middleton is not classed as a ‘state occasion’ – and the couple feel under no pressure to fill the 2,000-strong guest list with heads of state, the Mail understands.

They are more eager to ask ordinary citizens and charity workers than foreign dignitaries and VIPs to what will be the first royal ‘people’s wedding’, courtiers suggested.

A handful of heads of state are likely to be invited in line with previous royal weddings, possibly including France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni. But the decision to exclude the American premier and his wife Michelle from the celebrations marks a break from tradition.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana invited then-American president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy to their 1981 ceremony – though she came alone because the president was too ill to travel following an assassination attempt on him.

A senior courtier said: ‘It is certainly not the case that all foreign heads of state will be excluded. The guest list is still being drawn up and could change, but as things stand it’s right (to say Mr Obama will not be invited).’

A St James’s Palace spokesman said: ‘The wedding will not be a formal state occasion since Prince William is neither the sovereign nor the heir to the throne.’

The decision is an example of William’s single-minded desire to hold the first ever ‘people’s wedding’ by packing the pews with members of the public who have worked with his 21 charities.

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SavageGrl

Asked by SavageGrl at 4:52 PM on Dec. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)

  • I love that young man.He is such a caring person.
    Tikismom

    Answer by Tikismom at 4:57 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I wouldn't care so much more for him to worry about.
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 4:58 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Since when did The US President have it in tight with the Royal Family? LOL not a surprise, the royal family are just figure heads for how now, not really important political figures.
    DomoniqueWS

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 4:58 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I find it interesting how the royals have changed course since Diana's death. They treated her like something shameful on the bottoms of their shoes for her public life. They were reamed by the public for being so impervious in the days following her death. And now...they want to make this a public spectacle and not follow their own centuries-long protocol...
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 4:59 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I doubt if he'll be using sleep over it, and maybe it would be different if he were the next heir or already the sovereign.

    If this is what they are doing...

    "They are more eager to ask ordinary citizens and charity workers than foreign dignitaries and VIPs to what will be the first royal ‘people’s wedding’, courtiers suggested."

    I think that's really cool of them!
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 5:01 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • The invites have already been mailed?? Do you think *gasp* she's pregnant??? Oh, who the F cares???
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 5:02 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • LOL...First he was snubbed by The Clinton's (whom libs like to think of as royalty LOL) for Chelsea's wedding, and now he's being snubbed by the future Prince and Princess of Wales!!

    I guess Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Brown weren't as thrilled with their respective gifts of an iPod loaded with clips of Obama and DVD's in the wrong format as Obama thought they would!! LOL See what happens when your cheapness shows?!? LMAO!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:06 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • That seems reasonable.
    tootoobusy

    Answer by tootoobusy at 5:14 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • He's a sucky gift giver any way.

    That being said, I really don't care. The taxpayers can't afford a royal wedding trip anyway.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 5:22 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • The happy couple shouldn't feel obligated to invite people to their wedding anyhow. Doesn't sound like it's personal, maybe they just aren't that into him.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 5:36 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

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