LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have invited 600 visitors to their marriage ceremony in May though who is on the record isn’t being revealed but, his workplace stated on Thursday.
Kensington Palace stated all these invited to the May 19 ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s home west of London, would even be invited to the lunchtime reception afterwards.
Later within the night, 200 visitors will attend a personal reception at close by Frogmore House which will probably be hosted by Harry’s father, Charles, the Prince of Wales.
The palace stated the invites, die-stamped in gold with the perimeters bevelled and gilded, had been despatched out this week. However, it stated no particulars of who had been invited could be launched at this stage.
“His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales requests the pleasure of the company of … at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle,” the invitation reads.
Men are instructed to put on “Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge suit” and ladies “Day Dress with hat”.
About 1,900 folks have been invited to the lavish marriage ceremony of Harry’s elder brother William and spouse Kate at London’s Westminster Abbey in 2011.
Their visitor record included celebrities comparable to singer Elton John, ex-soccer participant David Beckham and his designer spouse Victoria together with royalty from across the world and political figures, though not worldwide heads of state.
Some British newspapers have speculated that Harry may invite former U.S. President Barack Obama whom he interviewed for BBC radio at Christmas, however not present President Donald Trump.
Royal biographer Claudia Joseph stated Harry wouldn’t wish to do something that will have political repercussions that would trigger embarrassment for the queen.
“Harry adores his grandmother and is not going to want to upset her,” Joseph, writer of “How to Dress Like a Princess”, advised Reuters. “The last thing he’s going to want to do is spark World War Three.”
She stated the alternatives Harry and Markle had made to this point indicated they might have a extra private marriage ceremony than William and Kate.
“I think they want to do it their way,” she stated. “I think it will be much less stuffy, much less pomp and circumstance, and much warmer and more natural.”
The palace has already introduced that greater than 2,500 members of the general public and figures from charities the couple help could be invited to observe the arrivals of the bride and groom and their visitors, and to see them depart on a carriage procession round Windsor after the ceremony.
Reporting by Michael Holden; modifying by Stephen Addison