Re: Frivolous question
- From: Sacha <sacha@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:10:09 +0100
On 27/7/07 11:48, in article sPWdnS5RdcLoUDTbnZ2dnUVZ8tChnZ2d@xxxxxx, "Don
Moody" <dpmoody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Sacha" <sacha@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 26/7/07 12:09, in article
"Don Moody" wrote:
[...] If and only if the names are on
that list would the invitation have
been sent. That leaves the notional
possibility of non-attendance,
albeit I find it difficult to imagine
that anybody receiving an
invitation to a royal wedding
would find an adequate reason, apart
from serious health or accident, for not attending. [...]
I read in the newspapers of the period that Barbara Cartland
of the bride's stepmother), when she heard she was to be invited,
asked that, given it *was* a royal wedding, she should not be, so
to leave room for someone younger who would remember it longer.
I think that was widely considered to be a face saving device -
lines of a 'diplomatic cold'.
It could be but it also could be genuine.
It is one thing to let it be known BEFORE invitations are issued, and
quite a different thing to decline an invitation which has been
From what I recall of that event, she was interviewed and was asked if shewould be going. I don't recall if this was before the invitations were sent
out. She then gave the excuse mentioned and I *think* that at the time she
was wearing her St John's Ambulance uniform. Personally, I rather think
that only death would have prevented her attending had she been invited!
But there is no convention that requires that the mother of a step-mother
be asked to a wedding, especially when she's not particularly close to the
bride or groom.
Seating was very limited for that event and even though it wasn't considered
a State Occasion, there were certainly people who had to be asked ahead of
such a tenuous connection.
(remove weeds from address)
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