Clarence House issued a press release on Saturday 19 February 2011 by which we were told that the press office will not release "the names of individual invitees" in connection with the royal wedding on 29 April 2011. I checked the official website of the Prince of Wales before posting my last blog article yesterday, but obviously I must have overlooked the press release somehow. This means that there is no reason to look forward to the day when the guest list is finally released by the court, as I wrote in my first blog article yesterday.
The court did not give an explanation for the decision not to release the names of individual invitees, but I guess that security and/or privacy considerations could be the reason. I thought that security could be an issue also at other royal marriages in the past, but it didn't stop the respective courts from publishing a guest list. There might be more threats against the British royal family than against other royal families, but I still find it difficult to understand what difference a decision not to publish a guest list would make.
It will, however, not be too difficult to compile a guest list in connection with the royal wedding. Some courts will confirm the names of their representatives and the other names will be listed after they have been spotted on tv. People at Nobiliana.de and the other royalty discussion forums are usually very good at this, so we can expect that a full list of royals and other dignitaries will appear on several websites soon after the wedding has taken place.
The press release mentioned above says that "Over 40 Members of Foreign Royal Families" have been invited, which is quite different from Mail Online's headline, which says "40 crowned heads to attend William and Kate's big day". If Mail Online by "crowned heads" mean "royal heads of state", then they can not have spent much time on fact checking. Wouldn't 30 be more correct, cf. my Longest reigns survey? Anyway, I would gather that among the 40 or more members of foreign royal families there will be more heirs than monarchs. Well, time will show!