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Thursday 16 August 2018

BOD and Amy join kings and PMs with an invite to Will and Kate's wedding

BRIAN O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman have surpassed world leaders, and nabbed an invitation to the royal wedding of the decade.

The Irish rugby captain (32) and actress wife (31) have been asked to attend the service for Prince William and Kate Middleton this April.

It comes despite US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy both being absent from the invitation list.

"On arriving home last Saturday I discovered an official looking envelope that contained an invitation for Amy and I to the royal wedding of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton," BOD explained.

"It's quite the honour and a lovely surprise for us to have been even considered."

The Irish power couple will be mingling with 2,000 of the cream of international society, with monarchs and international stars due to jet in for the Westminster Abbey ceremony.

And Kate clearly has a soft spot for the Irish when it comes to her big day.



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The princess-to-be is having her headpiece designed by Galway milliner Philip Treacy, who is also expected to attend.

Brian won't be the only sportsman in attendance, with David and Victoria Beckham also going.

The news that the Clontarf native and his stunning wife have nabbed an invite is even more shocking considering the fact that the Obamas were snubbed. The queen personally invited 40 heads of state, who received their invitations over the weekend, but the US President and First Lady were missing from the list.

Other guests include the King of Jordan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Sultan of Oman, the King of Bahrain, the Sultan of Brunei and the King of Saudi Arabia, the Emperor of Japan, the King of Malaysia, the King of Tonga and the King of Thailand.

And it will be a time for Ireland's golden couple to up their games in the style stakes like never before.

Male guests are required to wear uniform, a morning coat or lounge suit.

Although there is no dress code for women, they will be required to wear a hat for the wedding service.

Prince William and his bride-to-be were allowed to invite 1,000 pals and also included 80 guests of charities which he is involved with.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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