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

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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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 1295 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:04 am

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

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