Europe royalty told: Hold date for William & Kate

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:00am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - It may not be an invitation to Britain's royal wedding on April 29, but it is the next best thing.

Buckingham Palace, official London residence of Queen Elizabeth, has sent out "notifications" to other royals in Europe asking them to keep the date free.

Prince William, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Diana, is to marry fiancée Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey after a long courtship.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House, which represents the princes, said the royals would not be providing a "running commentary" on who would be invited to one of the year's biggest social occasions.

But she did confirm: "Buckingham Palace has been in communication informally with the wider royal family."

This came in the form of "notifications" as opposed to invitations, she added.

One royal who expects to be attending is Alexander Karadjordjevic, crown prince of the former Yugoslavia.

Serbia's monarchy ended during World War Two, after which Communist leader Josip Broz Tito took power.

Crown Prince Alexander II, son of the late King Peter II who fled to Britain during the 1941 Nazi invasion, returned to live in the palace in Belgrade in 2001 after strongman Slobodan Milosevic fell. A statement on his website said: "Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine received an invitation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William to Miss Kate Middleton on Friday 29 April 2011.

"Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to attend the marriage and are very happy for the young couple."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Britain's Prince William (R) and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at The Thursford Collection in Norfolk, England, December 18, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer</p>