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MAY 24TH BE WITH YOU AS OBAMAS PAY A VISIT; But are they invited to royal wedding?

Byline: TOM McTAGUE

THE Obamas will visit the UK in May - casting doubt on an invite to the royal wedding.

Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will stay in Buckingham Palace on their first official UK state visit on May 24-26, it was announced yesterday.

This means the pair may not be on the guest list for Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 ceremony. Last week Mrs Obama said on US TV the White House had not been told to save the date. She said: "I wasn't invited. Marriage is a private thing, they should invite who they want to invite. And if I get invited I'll go!"

The state visit will be the first from a sitting US President since George W Bush's in 2003. When Mr Obama came over for the G20 in 2009, the Queen and the First Lady formed a close bond.

Wills and Kate's 1,800 guests are set to receive their invites "this month".

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2011
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