Caribbean dignitaries among Royal Wedding guests
LONDON, United Kingdom, Tuesday April 26, 2011 – Sixteen Caribbean leaders and Heads of State will attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, an official guest list has confirmed.
According to the list released by Clarence House – the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and home of Princes William and Harry – the Prime Ministers of the Bahamas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines; the Premiers of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, and Montserrat’s Chief Minister will attend the morning ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
The Governors-General of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines will also be there.
The Caribbean dignitaries will be among 1,900 guests at what is considered to be the most important social gathering of the British Calendar this year.
About 650 of those guests have also been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen; and 300 will attend a dinner at the palace, given by Prince Charles.
British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunte said it’s likely that about two billion viewers are expected to tune into various networks across the world to see Prince William and Middleton exchange vows – more than twice the number of people who watched Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, marry in 1981. It’s estimated that about 750 million watched that ceremony.
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