B-I-O…By Invitation Only.
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When Prince William and Kate were getting married last year, a member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office inserted Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding invitations into envelopes at Buckingham Palace as per the picture below by John Stillwell – WPA Poo//Getty Images.
The invitations were sent out via Royal Mail. They were thick white card measuring 8 inches by 6 inches with beveled and gilded edges. It was decorated in gold writing and stamped with a burnished matching E||R insignia of William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, in whose name the invitation is sent. The actual wedding text was featured in black.
The simple wording reads that the Lord Chamberlain has been “commanded by the Queen” to invite the invitation holder to “the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton” at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. on April 29. In the lower right hand corner, guests are asked to wear military uniform, a tailcoat or a business suit in terms of wedding dress code.
Image of the Royal Invitation courtesy of www.dailymail.co.uk.
Here’s a video link describing in detail the ER insignia as well as explaining the role of Lord Chamberlain.