By Andy Sambidge
But Bahrain's Crown Prince turns down invite for Prince William's wedding 'with deep regret'
The Gulf's royals families have been named among the guests set to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday in London.
The list of invitations, announced by Clarence House, includes Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi who also has a meeting with US president Barack Obama on Tuesday.
But Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa said on Sunday that he has written to the Prince of Wales declining the invitation.
It was with “deep regret” that the prince had come to the decision, which was "out of his keenness to remain with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, as Bahrain goes through the current conditions, and be at his disposal to answer all Royal orders", state news agency BNA reported.
"I was hoping the Kingdom of Bahrain would have a high-profile representation at this glamorous event, thus reflecting the friendship bonding our countries. However, the current situation reigning in Bahrain prevents me from attending," he added.
Other members of GCC royalty attending the wedding service at London's Westminster Abbey include Sheikh Ahmad Hamoud Al Sabah, the interior minister of Kuwait and Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, minister of heritage and culture in Oman.
Also among a celebrity-loaded guest list are Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, and Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned plus Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UK, and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman.
In total, more than 40 foreign royals are among the confirmed attendees.
Musician Elton John, footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria and actor Rowan Atkinson are also among the glittering line-up for the service at London's Westminster Abbey.
The seating plan for the ceremony revealed for the first time that William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals will be the front row, together with Kate's family on the other side of the aisle.
There are several heads of government including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her New Zealand counterpart John Key, along with governors-general from 15 Commonwealth realms where the queen is still the monarch.
The wedding is expected to be watched by a worldwide television audience of around two billion.
Celebrities feature heavily on the guest list, and also include Guy Ritchie, the director and ex-husband of Madonna, and Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, whom St James's Palace said William had met last year.
A number of William's colleagues from his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Royal Air Force will also be attending, along with members of charities he supports.
Inside Westminster Abbey itself, only the bride and groom's nearest and dearest will be able to witness the ceremony close up. Most guests will be behind the choir screen, a partition in the abbey which restricts the view of the altar to those behind it. They will have to watch on video screens to see the moment when William and Kate exchange their vows.
Royal couple. Have a pleasant journey.
Two billion people expected to tune in to watch a couple of young rich people get married... Amazing. And many say that the British monarchy is in a downward slide. I say that the detractors are crazy. Any brand that can attract two billion people to tune in for a marriage ceremony is extremely powerful in its reach, especially if those numbers are achieved during what is fairly unanimously considered to be a rough patch for the brand.
Well done, Liz. And Happy Birthday.
Long live the Queen!
It's because the British Royal Family has a proper history (good and bad), the British public are given a huge amount of access into their lives and they are in general loved for what they bring to the UK in terms of tourism and investment. They also are not afraid to admit when they are wrong. Other Royal families across the world could learn a thing or 2 from them. The British Royal family are a brand all on their own.
Dont understand the hype of the marriage! understand that some are lucky to be royals.
God Bless the couple
It is only right that their royal highnesses from the GCC should be at this wedding to give their blessing. May we all laud HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his blessing on their union.
The depth and reaches of the English Crown is fixed in history. They hold as much power now as they ever did. The King of England, Henry the Vll was crowned Emperor of Rome in the year 1312, by the then Pope Clement V.
These things have 'real' meaning and follow through and down the centuries. The Vatican rules and the Emporer does its beckoning. Look at who really rules/Governs the USA...on February 21, 1871 and the Forty-First Congress is in session. I reference the "Acts of the Forty-First Congress," Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62.
This ACT basically handed the governorship of the USA to the OWNERS of the land called the 'District of Columbia'...The English Crown and International Banks. Ultimately owned by the Vatican.
Now you know why the favoured world leaders and VIPs will be there. Not conspiracy, HISTORICAL FACT.
Simon, thanks for making my day. By the way, Henry VII wasn't even born in 1312. Not conspiracy, HISTORICAL FACT.
Who'd have thought that a man could be crowned Emperor of Rome 150 years before he was born? Truly amazing. You may also want to look in to how his son, Henry VIII, got on with the Vatican too. Not the best of friends it has to be said and may blow a little hole in your theory.
O' please...never let the facts get in the way of a GOOD story! :)
However, quite right. My fact was incorrect...but I also got the circumstance/date wrong...A Charter with Vatican was made in 1213, not 1312. So my original dates and characters are both incorrect. Having said all that...The charter of 1213 between England and the Vatican did put the ownership of the Crowns lands etc in the hands of the Vatican. If you follow that...my thread makes sense. Well it would have made more sense without AB's editing.
Mental note to self...think! before I think! before I type! :)