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William and Kate snub German nobles on wedding invitations

The Local · 21 Feb 2011, 16:33

Published: 21 Feb 2011 16:33 GMT+01:00

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The only blue-blooded Teutons likely to attend the noble event of the year come from Hannover.

The young couple has invited some 1,900 guests to their nuptials at Westminster Abbey on April 29, and gossip is swirling about who may have been on the list. But German nobles have reportedly received conspicuously few of the coveted gilded envelopes.

President Christian Wulff is an expected guest as Germany's head of state, but it seems the German relatives of the royal family have been left out.

“We did not receive an invitation,” said Otmar Fugmann, spokesman for the House of Saxe–Coburg and Gotha.

Head of the household Prince Andreas is the great grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – who is the progenitor of the current royal family in the United Kingdom, though their name was changed to Windsor in 1917 due to anti-German sentiments.

Meanwhile relatives of the Windsors’ in northern Germany are also unlikely to attend the blessed event.

Princess Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein, who shares the same ancestors as William’s grandfather Prince Philip, has also said that her family received no invitation.

The only likely recipient of the fancy beige envelopes will be Ernst August, Prince of Hannover, who may be accompanied by his wife, Princess Caroline of Monaco. The House of Hannover has had a close kinship with Great Britain since 1714, when George I of Hannover took the throne in London.

But press representatives for the noble house did not confirm whether the couple would attend.

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“His majesty, Crown Prince Ernst August von Hannover considers himself strictly a private person and does not wish to reveal his private appointments,” the agency said.

Still, despite the snub for German aristocrats, William and Kate are reportedly paying close attention to courtly protocol, inviting more than 40 members of foreign royal families when issuing their invitations.

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Your comments about this article

17:57 February 21, 2011 by Dogs_Gonads
I got an invite,how cool is that.

Wonder how much I will get for it on ebay.
18:48 February 21, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
well... at least they didn't invite the Guttenbergs...
19:12 February 21, 2011 by lordkorner
Dr who?...........
19:24 February 21, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
I just got rejected for my use of "profanity"...it seems to me, that the "noble" houses of Europe have caused more than their share of suffering in the world...who is the "editor" at this absurd, reactionary, status quo website...you should be drawn and quartered sir...
20:33 February 21, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> at least they didn't invite the Guttenbergs

No problem: he will just photocopy some-else's invite to get in !
22:34 February 21, 2011 by derExDeutsche
That Kate chick is a Minx.

Most of the Brit chicks around here, are all lushes with liquid orange suntans. I refuse to date any of them, because I'm worried of getting one pregnant and having to pay for the kids dental work. I am sure the bill would be huge;)
22:56 February 21, 2011 by blockhaus
Vive la Rebublic!!
01:08 February 22, 2011 by Landmine

Haven't you noticed, the Local enjoys freedom of speech. It's readers however,do not...
06:02 February 22, 2011 by derExDeutsche
thelocal.de seems to have gotten better at letting posters express some non-pc opinions. It used to be worse.

That doesn't mean that people don't get their posts deleted. Especially on the Multiculturalism articles. This is a center-left blog. With plenty of anti-American Europhile sentiment subliminally mixed in;)
08:57 February 22, 2011 by catjones
German nobility? A relic of a privileged past.
10:39 February 22, 2011 by mixxim
Germany should be pleased that it has no nobility. The British one is a circus. I see the Beckhams are invited. Perhaps he is expected to sire the firstborn to get some new blood into the family.
11:24 February 22, 2011 by kentchap

No, you might need to pay for the kid's liposuction, you flash Yank bas$%rd! :-D
13:23 February 22, 2011 by Johnne
But most brit chicks are really attractive: I find most of them very sexy especially when they´re a bit chubby & not too tanned with their flying well-styled hair :-)
14:16 February 22, 2011 by Victor Scicluna
This is clear as in Germany there are no Royals, titles have been officialy abolished since 1914 and any use of Prince or von is simply part of the surmame.

Therefore it is correct to invite The German President as head of state but all other so called royals are not royals anymore with Germany being a republic. This is something the Germans have decided and protocol has to be observed.

You cannot have a republic and royals.

Princess Caroline is Princess of Monaco and her husband gets to be invited as her spouse

No more no less.

Victor Scicluna
22:39 February 22, 2011 by DOZ
The Throne belongs to the Saxons. Time to draw swords and take it back.
23:06 February 22, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ kentchap

one thing is for certain; if the Kid can't play football; he takes after the English half;)
16:46 February 23, 2011 by kentchap

If the kid can't play football, it's because he knows better and plays rugby and cricket. :-P
16:12 February 24, 2011 by lordkorner
I got away with this before ,lets try one more time..whataloadofbolloxs (-:
06:40 February 26, 2011 by Yontrop
yawn... has to be ten characters.
06:41 February 26, 2011 by jaycee7
A high profile occasion like this wedding will inevitably bring out criticism of some kind. I don't feel seriously about any nobility occasions anyway, but then again I'm sure I'm in the minority. For entertainment value I will watch the occasion on TV, if I have the time.
11:33 February 26, 2011 by Johnny Cash
Stange attitude after the swastika armband incident of a few years back by one of the siblings.
20:45 February 26, 2011 by cdb8
Off with their heads!!!
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