There is nothing quite more traditional than a royal wedding. Everything from the bride’s tiara to the post-wedding procession is planned down to the most minute detail. So it came as a surprise to learn that Queen Elizabeth II gave her grandson Prince William permission to “tear up” the formal guest list for his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011. Why? She wanted them to enjoy all the “special touches” of their wedding, including being surrounded by friends.
Author Marcia Moody writes in her book “Kate: A Biography” that “William was presented with a list of hundreds of people who he should invite and felt his heart sink.