Queen Mother to Attend Anne’s Wedding, Diana Reportedly Will Not
LONDON (AP) _ Queen Mother Elizabeth will attend the wedding of her divorced granddaughter Princess Anne this weekend, but Princess Diana will stay away, reports said.
The statement from Clarence House, London home of the 92-year-old Queen Mother, contradicted earlier tabloid reports that she would snub the Saturday wedding in Scotland.
But Diana, whose separation from Anne’s brother Prince Charles was announced Wednesday, will not be there, according to the news agency Press Association.
The Times of London reported Friday that Diana has sent a message of good wishes to Anne. The newspaper called it ″evidence of a new and more detached role″ for Diana.
Buckingham Palace refuses to comment of the guest list for the wedding of Anne and Royal Navy Cmdr. Tim Laurence. News media have been banned.
Anne, 42, the queen’s only daughter and second eldest of her four children, and Mark Phillips were divorced in April after more than 2 1/2 years separation. They married on Nov. 14, 1973.
Laurence, a 37-year-old bachelor, was an aide to the queen from 1986 to 1989.
The queen mother’s hesitation about whether to make the long journey to northeast Scotland led to media speculation that she disapproved of Anne’s remarriage. But the Clarence House statement cited problems with travel arrangements.