Bahrain crown prince declines royal wedding invite

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Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 24 at 11:34 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's monarchy says Bahrain's crown prince has declined the invitation to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

A palace spokesman says he was informed Sunday that Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa cannot attend the April 29 nuptials. He declined to provide details, saying the reason the prince cannot come is a private matter.

The prince was among more than 40 foreign royals invited to the wedding ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.

Rights campaigners complained Saturday when palace officials said he was invited, saying he shouldn't be allowed to attend the occasion in light of the rough treatment of mainly Shiite pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain. Some activists petitioned Foreign Secretary William Hague to revoke the invitation.

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