See Prince William & Kate Middleton's Wedding Invitation

02/19/2011 at 07:05 PM EST

Prince William, Kate Middleton Wedding Invitation Pictures
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding invitation
With its gold lettering and gilded edge, this stiff white card has been arriving in the mailboxes of some of the best-connected people around the world.

It's the invitation heralding the wedding of William" and Kate Middleton, and it's gone 
out to 1,900 people, from kings to charity leaders, to close family and university friends, old schoolmates and prime ministers around 
the world. 


Fittingly for the celebration, it is decorated in gold writing and emblazed with a matching insignia of William's 
grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, in whose name the invitation is sent.

The edges of the card – which is about 8 in. by 6 in. – are beveled and then gilded. 







The simple wording reads that the Lord Chamberlain has 
been "commanded by the Queen" to invite the holder to the marriage at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. on April 29. As for the dress code, guests are asked to wear military uniform, a tailcoat or a business suit. 



The invitations went out on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, 600 of the 1,900 guests also have been invited by the Queen to a reception that she is hosting immediately after the ceremony in the Abbey. 



Later, around 300 of those 600 guests are invited to a 
dinner hosted by William's father, Prince Charles, in the evening at Buckingham Palace. 


Prince William's office is not releasing the invitations to those events, as they are private. 



The couple is expected to stay in London that night, before starting 
their honeymoon on April 30.



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