updated 02/19/2011 AT 9:40 AM ET
•originally published 02/19/2011 AT 11:30 AM ET
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is to be absent from the April 29 nuptials, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Fergie, 51, will be overseas, her representative says, though she was not anticipating being invited in any case. “She will not be attending. She never expected to be invited,” the spokesman says.
But her daughters, Princess Beatrice, 22, and Princess Eugenie, 20, are expected to attend the ceremony along with friends of the couple, dignitaries, members of other royal families and representatives from charities associated with the prince.
Despite being contacted by media around the world, the Duchess has turned down all offers connected with the wedding itself. “She has declined all commercial work relating to the wedding,” the spokesman says.