Queen Elizabeth posts invites for royal wedding

Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:03pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has sent out nearly 2,000 gold-embossed invitations to the wedding of her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, the royal household said Sunday.

The invitations, posted Wednesday and Thursday, feature the Queen's EIIR insignia, stamped in burnished gold.

About 1,900 people -- ranging from family and friends to foreign dignitaries, diplomats, soldiers and charity workers -- have been asked to attend the service in Westminster Abbey, but no names have been revealed.

Some 600 will get the opportunity to enjoy a lunchtime reception with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, while a more select group of about 300 will be treated to an evening banquet hosted by William's father, Prince Charles.

(Reporting by Matt Falloon, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

<p>Britain's Queen Elizabeth records her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, west of London, December 15, 2010, in this photograph released December 23, 2010. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool</p>