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Crown Prince of Bahrain declines royal wedding invite

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa had been invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton amid concerns about the treatment of pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain recently.

The Crown Prince of Bahrain Sheik Salman Bin Hammad al Khalifa
The Crown Prince of Bahrain Sheik Salman Bin Hammad al Khalifa
Image: HASAN JAMALI/AP/Press Association Images

THE CROWN PRINCE of Bahrain has declined an invitation to the royal wedding next week because of the ongoing unrest in his kingdom.

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa had been invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton amid concerns about the treatment of pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain in recent months.

But today he announced with “deep regret” that he had reached his “considered decision,” reports BBC News this evening, in light of the recent developments in the Gulf kingdom which he did not wish to see overshadow the royal event.

Bahrain has been mired in unrest and violence since February when pro-democracy protests began.

The regime has called in Saudi Arabian troops to keep order and pulled down the monument that had become a focal point for anti-government demonstrations.

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