LONDON – The guest list for the Royal Wedding was revealed. Heads of state are invited – including Muammar Gaddafi!
Royal subjects across England are up in arms about the Royal guest list for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Queen is being accused of putting “royalty before human rights” as dictators preparing to join celebrities at this week’s royal wedding.
The biggest outcry is the invitation to Muammar Gaddafi, the dictator of Libya, who is executing and attacking his own citizens. Gaddafi has accepted the invitation and will attend the ceremony.
Also among the guests who will hear Prince William and his fiancée exchange their wedding vows is the Crown Prince of Bahrain whose Gulf state has violently suppressed democracy protests in recent months. Another guest, King Mswati III of Swaziland, has been criticised by Amnesty International after using armed security forces to crush peaceful demonstrations.
They will be seated at the same table with Gaddafi. No words who they will bring as their “dates.”
St James’s Palace defended the wedding list yesterday, insisting the Foreign Office had approved it. “Invitations are extended from the Queen following the long-held tradition of inviting other crowned heads of state; we have taken advice from the Foreign Office about their continued inclusion,” a spokesman said.
Former Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have been overlooked. St James’s Palace said it was because, unlike Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher, they are not Knights of the Garter. “It is not a state occasion, so there is no reason why they would be invited,” a spokesman told The Sunday Telegraph.
President Obama is also not invited. “Last time he came here he gave the Queen an iPod with his speeches on it. The Queen was not happy about that,” said a Royal spokesman.