The Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is making new headlines as the invitation list does not include President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. As Prince William is not a direct heir to the throne, the upcoming April 2011 wedding between William and Kate is not classified as a "state occasion" and the pair does not feel obliged to invite heads of state. The recently engaged couple would rather invite 2,000 regular citizens and charity workers who have helped William's 21 charities, rather than foreign dignitaries.
A senior courtier offered to the Daily Mail regarding the Obama snub: "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 state President Obama will not be invited.]"
William and Kate have also chosen to make the affair a less "ostentatious" wedding than the 1981 marriage between his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The decision is due to rising unemployment rates and economic instability. Rather than following the precedent of William's parents, William and Kate welcome a "street party" atmosphere. As Royal aide stated, the wedding will be "done properly and well, but not in an ostentatious and lavish manner. This time is more analogous with 1947."
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