Mr. Obama was not invited to the British royal wedding, but why? Maybe it was the unceremonious return of the bust of Winston Churchill..or maybe it was those unusable Mp3 recordings of his speeches that he gave Queen Elizabeth?
President Obama moved the date of the next shuttle flight to coincide with the date of the Royal wedding and he will attend.
David Beckham, Elton John and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson will mingle with dozens of royal guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, according to an official guest list released Saturday that includes one uncomfortable presence — the Bahraini crown prince accused of a brutal crackdown on protesters.
St. James’s Palace also released the seating plan at Westminster Abbey, which showed that relatives of William’s mother Princess Diana are sitting across the aisle from the royal family, joining the Middletons in an exception to the traditional division of a church into a bride’s side and groom’s side. There was no explanation of the seating arrangement, but the Spencers have not had a good relationship with the royal family, especially after Diana’s brother Charles Spencer attacked the royals during a speech at her 1997 funeral.
More than 46 foreign royals are seated behind the British royals. They include Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, an invitation that could prove awkward in light of his government’s rough treatment of mainly Shiite pro-democracy protesters.
Some human rights campaigners have started to petition Foreign Secretary William Hague to revoke the invitation, saying the prince should not be allowed to attend the occasion. At least 30 people have died in Bahrain since mid-February, including four who died while in official custody, and many well-known activists and lawyers have been imprisoned.
Bahrain’s sketchy Crown Prince is invited but President Obama is not. Traditionally, Heads of State are invited to royal weddings and 40 Heads of State have been invited to this one.