Otumfuo Osei Tutu II not invited to Royal Wedding
With about two days to the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Manhyia Palace is yet to receive an invitation to the much-hyped wedding on Friday.
The list of prominent guests officially released for the wedding includes more than 200 politicians and diplomats.
More than 40 members from foreign royal families will be present, as will 60 governors general and overseas prime ministers, including David Cameron and celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham.
Conspicuously missing from the list are US President Barack Obama, Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and his successor Gordon Brown.
Spokesperson of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Mr. George Nana Osei Antwi, revealed that the Manhyia Palace has not received any invitation from the Queen of England to be a part of the Royal Wedding.
“ Otumfuo Osei Tutu returned from London Tuesday evening and if he had been invited, he wouldn’t have come back to the country”, he said.
The absence of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II means that King Mswati III of Swaziland will be the only African Royal invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
It can be recalled that the Asantehene was officially invited by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain to the Buckingham Palace in 2000.
He headed a 20-man delegation of chiefs, linguists, and Manhyia palace officials in a three-week visit to the United Kingdom during which he launched the Asanteman Education Fund.
Surprisingly included in the list of Royals invited by Queen Elizabeth II are the kings of Bahrain, Swaziland and Saudi Arabia, who are accused of committing severe human rights violations against their peoples.
Story: Samuel Mantey/Adom News
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