Kate and Will's wedding invitation, though appropriately formal, was disappointingly vanilla in terms of design. If you ask us, these regal invitations would have been a better choice and prove that "formal" can be conveyed with lots of flair.

Queen Elizabeth sent out 1,900 invitations to the wedding ceremony of her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton, to be held on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. The invitations feature St. Edward's crown atop the royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II, embossed in gold. For the non-Anglophiles out there, the "EIIR" insignia stands for "Elizabeth II Regina" ("regina" means "queen" in Latin).

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