600 invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

In this file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry, left, and Meghan Markle pose for the media at Kensington Palace in London. (AP)
Updated 22 March 2018
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600 invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

LONDON: Some 600 people have been invited to the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace announced Thursday.
The invitations were posted earlier this week, Harry’s official residence said — without revealing who had made the guest list.
Harry and his US actress fiancee are set to tie the knot at Windsor Castle, west of London, on May 19.
The 600 invitees will attend the service in the castle’s St. George’s Chapel, followed by the lunchtime reception hosted by Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall.
Later, around 200 guests are being invited to a private reception at Frogmore House given by Harry’s father Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
The venue for the evening party, in the park outside Windsor Castle, is where Harry and Markle posed for their official engagement photos.
The invitations, issued in Charles’s name, were on thick white card gilded along the edge, which were die-stamped in gold and then burnished.
The invitations read: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales... requests the pleasure of the company of... at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.”
The names of the invited guests were added in later by a calligraphy printer.
The invites indicated that the dress code is uniform, morning coat or lounge suit, or day dress with a hat.
Harry, a former soldier who also holds ceremonial military roles, is therefore likely to be wearing his highest-ranking uniform for the wedding.
The prince and his bride-to-be have been increasingly busy this month in the build-up to the big day.
On Tuesday, the couple announced they had chosen London-based US pastry chef Claire Ptak to make a lemon elderflower wedding cake, to be covered with buttercream and decorated with flowers.
Queen Elizabeth published her formal consent to the marriage on March 15.
By law, the monarch must give consent for the marriage of the first six people in line to inherit the throne.
Harry, 33, is fifth in line after his father Charles, brother Prince William and William’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
He will be bumped down to sixth place when William’s wife Kate gives birth next month.
On March 12, Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth, accompanying Harry to a Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Markle, 36, was baptised by the leader of the Church of England earlier this month out of respect for the sovereign’s role as head of the denomination.
 


‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

Updated 25 April 2018
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‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

DUBAI: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has launched a selfie application that allows users to share their selfies with him online.
In a tweet that’s been liked more than 500 times, Hariri said “download the application to share the selfies that brought us together.”
Hariri has become known for his selfies, posing for several with the likes of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Morocco’s King Mohammed IV, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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Hariri doesn’t only pose with world leaders, but also citizens and fans from across the country.
Many have replied to his tweet and Instagram post supporting the application and calling for more pictures with him.
“The best selfie with you Mr. Prime Minister, God willing!” one user posted.
Others replied with selfies they took with Hariri.
The launch of the applications comes at a peak time, a little over a week before the Lebanese parliamentary elections are set to kick off for the first time in nine years.

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Hariri is a candidate running with the Saudi-backed Future Movement in the Beirut 2 district, competing with eight other lists including Hezbollah and a civil society group.
The Lebanese prime minister is not the only leader who is known for his social media presence.
US President Donald Trump is notorious for his barrage of tweets that he sends on a daily basis, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amassed the largest Twitter following for any world leader, at 97 million.