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15 July 2024

You're invited to a royal wedding... by fax!

A souvenir placemat for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on January 20 (AFP)

By Miranda Smith

It's the new fashion in wedding invitations: facsimiles.

Invitations for the April wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton have gone out by fax, British media report. 

The save-the-date warnings were sent to the major sovereigns in Europe because protocol dictates that they are given earlier notice than foreign heads of state and non-VIP guests.

Thankfully, full handwritten invitations, embossed in gold, will be sent to all 1,800 guests by the Lord Chamberlain's Office next month.

Courtiers told the Daily Mail that this was the most “efficient” way of passing on information about “large-scale” events.

It seems that unlike US President Barack Obama, Europe's heads of state don't have email.