Whatever do you buy a future king and his bride?

John Haley, owner of the Old Boot Inn and Haley's pub in Stanford Dingley, near Bucklebury, Berks, England, has his invitation. But he's not sure what he'll wear.

Haley received an invitation to the wedding of the century – the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Why did a pub owner get an invite? The pub has been a favorite of the Middleton family for years, and Kate's even brought her Prince Charming there on occasion. 

But he doesn't plan to party with the royals after the ceremony. He intends to head back to his pub, where he's planned his own festivities. 

Haley hasn't decided yet what gift to give the royal couple after they tie the Windsor knot.

It's quite a feat to get that royal invitation, considering that U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady have been snubbed, as well as former royal redhead Sarah Ferguson. It does look like, however, soccer stud David Beckham and his wife, spicy girl Victoria, will be invited.

Aside from those few tidbits, the palace has been mum on the guest list. We do know that about 1,900 invitations were mailed out, and the prince and his bride were given 1,000 of them to invite their friends. 

The interesting thing about the invitations is how they're worded. "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by The Queen to invite (insert name) to the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11 a.m."

The dress code is listed as "uniform, morning coat or lounge suit." What the heck is a lounge suit?

The Queen commands you to attend if you receive one of these impressive invites. Wow. Talk about pressure. 

What do you get a prince and his bride for a gift? Are they registered at Crate and Barrel? Quite the quandary. Perhaps a royal wish list will be issued. The usual fare – blender, toaster, electric knife – is obviously out of the question for a prince and princess. You might get them one of those fancy coffee makers that makes one cup at a time, but then, they're used to coffee served in a silver service.

A registry somewhere would be nice, but could you imagine Kate and her prince running around with one of those price gun thingys in hand, madly scanning items for their little love nest? We couldn't either. They probably have people for that.

When William's parents married, they were registered at a private specialty shop, and only those approved by The Queen could view the registry. Not helpful at all.

So we're all bunched up about it. We don't want to wait until the last minute to purchase the future king of England and his bride their gift. We have to account for shipping time, then a once-over by the royal guard, and then approval from The Queen. 

Wonder if they'd like a gift certificate to Haley's pub?

Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:48 AM by bulldog
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