Bahrain crown prince declines royal wedding invite

Bahrain`s crown prince has declined the invitation to attend royal wedding.

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 00:53 AM IST

London: 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 today 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 yesterday 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.

PTI