Best RSVP Decline EVER

It started off like any other trip to the PO Box. Since Mr. Sword has been traveling for work every week, I’ve been doing all of the heavy lifting and car loading and unloading of wedding related packages. That said, it’s hard to complain about receiving lots of great packages and letters, and on this particular day I had SIX boxes to bring into the apartment and a handful of letters. Immediately after unloading I wanted to begin opening the packages (obvs) but something caught my eye in the stack of mail, it was a letter from the UK.

Now it’s not unusual for us to receive mail or cards from the UK (hello Scottish fiance) so at first I set it aside, eager to open everything else. But something made me do a double-take. This letter was special. It looked different, regal, important. My heart began pounding and a scream left my mouth, “WILLIAM AND KATE SENT US A LETTER! OHHH MYYY GOSH OHMIGOSH! AHHHH!!!!”


True story.

Unfortunately the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have other obligations to tend to the weekend of our wedding but I’m so touched they were kind enough to respond. The letter is signed by someone named Claudia Holloway and it’s absolute perfection. What if we all talked like this when we couldn’t go to someone’s wedding? How cool would that be?!?

I like how they don’t pretend to write it themselves. Prince William and Princess Kate have better things to do, but they cared enough to have someone respond. Heck, they beat the Obamas! Still waiting on that reply, Mr. President”¦

The best part has to be the fact that they make it look like they were actually considering attending our special event! I’m also shocked with how timely their response was given. Royals. They got class.

Without further adieu, here is the envelope and letter. I will also leave the transcript below in case you can’t read it clearly through the photographs.




Dear Mr. Sword and Miss Sword,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to thank you for your recent invitation to your wedding on XX March.

The Duke and The Duchess were extremely grateful for your kind invitation. Having given careful consideration to the possibilities, however, I very much regret that Their Royal Highnesses reluctantly feel they have to decline.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge send you their best wishes, and very much regret having to send you this necessarily disappointing reply.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Claudia Holloway


(all photos personal)

If you want to know where I sent our invitation, see this post. If you’re wondering whether or not I will end up framing this, the answer is “why the heck not??” So tell me, who wants to send an invite to Prince William and Princess Kate now? :)


Mrs. Sword

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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    estella, Guest @ 7:10 am

    YAY! I am so happy for you! I agree, those royals know how to decline with style!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:18 am

    That is so cool! You should frame it, haha.

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:18 am

    That’s so cool!! 😀

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    jpalm13 2957 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:35 am

    doing it

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    taurusbrideny 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:44 am

    Okay that’s really cool. What a great momento from all of your wedding planning.

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 7:46 am

    Amazing. You should totally frame that.

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    christine j, Guest @ 7:47 am

    I love “necessarily disappointing reply”. I’m totally stealing that. And while we’re talking about verbal flourishes, you mean “further ado” (fuss), rather than “further adieu” (further farewell? what?)

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:47 am

    That is seriously cool!

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 am

    OH MY GOD!

    I am 100% sending an invite to the Royal Family. I love them so much :)

    Did you see the story where a couple in Manchester knew she’d be in town the day they were getting married at the town hall?

    SHE ARRIVED!! So amazing.

    I can see Wills & Kate put careful consideration into attending your wedding, and I think the only reason why they can’t go is because she shouldn’t be traveling so much now that she’s expecting.

    That has to be the only reason.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:56 am

    Oh, that is so cool! I think you’ll are one of the few bees who could actually invite her, citizenship and whatnot. :)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 8:30 am

    Oh I LOVE this! Amazing decline letter.

    @Miss Jackrabbit: I’m with you, the timing of the wedding is really unfortunate with her pregnancy. I know she would have loved to be there.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:17 am

    O. M. G. This is amazing!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:42 am

    So. Freaking. Awesome.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:04 am

    SO cool that they replied back–and so promptly too!! How could they possibly have something better to do that weekend?! This is most def frame-worthy :)

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    mrscvsomeday 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:05 am

    This is the most beautifully phrased declination! I love it, and need to remember to send an invitation…some day! :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:12 am

    You HAVE to frame this!! So awesome!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:56 am

    I died when I read this, seriously, too cool for words.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:01 pm

    That’s so cool that they actually seemed to consider it! Perhaps they get less invitations than the president?

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:34 pm

    I seriously never even THOUGHT to send one to them – they reply is amazing. Like.. I kind of feel like they would totally be there, if they could. 😉

    I did, however, send one to the Obama’s – took them forever and a day, but I did indeed get a reply!

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    josief 12 posts, Newbee @ 10:25 pm

    That’s so cool!! great momento from all of your wedding planning.

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    Veneziana, Guest @ 12:22 pm

    I love this! Now, I want send them my invitation too, can you help me? Should I write ” His Royal Majesty Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Majesty Duchess of Cambridge” or just The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? Thanks!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:35 pm

    @christine j: yep, just a silly typo, it happens!

    @Miss Jackrabbit: OHMYGOSH that is the coolest thing ever, I had no idea the Queen did that!! And you are so smart, of course it’s the pregnancy. :) Maybe they’ll go to yours because it’ll be closer!!

    @Mrs. Fox: Right? Good to know about the Obamas!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 pm

    @Veneziana: Check out my other post for details, I can’t remember but I think we did HRH Duke and HRH Duchess of Cambridge…

    Thanks everyone! I feel better about framing it now after all the encouragement! :)

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 5:03 pm

    How awesome! I only wish we had thought to do the same!

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    Spitfire229, Guest @ 7:39 pm

    I sent them an invitation and never received a reply…and I’m in Canada…a Commonwealth country! So jealous!

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    seashells7 1273 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:04 am

    This is really neat! I definitely will be doing this now!

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