Some time ago, I shared how Brides and Grooms can receive special, Greetings From The White House as a courtesy for their wedding. To receive a Presidential greeting might be a big deal to some.
Imagine, however, sending a wedding invitation to the Queen of England on a whim. Certainly, you would never anticipate her to actually take you up on the invite–would you?
Newlyweds Francis and John Canning were basking in the glow of their wedding ceremony last Friday when they were asked to wait in the corridor of the Manchester Town Hall where the wedding had taken place.
Why?? Oh, no big deal. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN wanted to congratulate them!!
Apparently, after the couple had sent an invitation to the Palace, they received a kind response from a lady-in-waiting who thanked them, but politely declined the invite.
It turns out, the Palace officials had actually secretly planned for Queen Elizabeth II to attend, even making arrangements in her schedule to personally greet the couple at the wedding.
Of the surprise, the Groom said, “When we had our ceremony, the staff asked us to wait for a moment in the corridor and just a few minutes later the Queen arrived. She knew both our names and apparently we had been especially added to her rota (schedule)…It was a lovely present from them to us, one of the best presents you could wish for.”
After congratulating the beaming couple, both the Queen and Prince Philip stayed a while chatting and taking pictures with guests.
I can’t help wondering. Did she bring a gift and did she include a gift receipt just in case?
So who would you like to surprise you on your wedding day as a guest? With this being an election year, you never know who might see an advantage to taking you up on a wedding invitation. Hey, as long as they bring a gift…right?