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Updated: July 31, 2011 12:16AM

The royal wedding . . .

It’s not a snub, but it sure makes you wonder how popular the USA is in England.

† To wit: Sneed hears rumbles U.S. Ambassador to Britain Lou Susman has been invited to the royal wedding, but his wife, Marjorie, was not.

† Explanation: Mrs. Susman joins a cadre of mucketymucks’ wives who won’t be at Westminster Abbey because of limited seating at the historic church where Prince William will wed commoner Kate Middleton on Friday.

† The upshot: Disgruntled wives weren’t the only ones upset; one Brit report claims Prince Philip, hubby of Queen Elizabeth, got his knickers in such a swivet over a pal’s rancor his wife was excluded — he used his royal rank to get the wife on the list!

Fly fishing . . .

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and older brother Zeke, a doctor and bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, are fly fishing this weekend in Billings, Mont.

† The kicker: Let’s hope a Montana trout doesn’t wind up wrapped in a Chicago newspaper and placed on someone’s desk in City Hall!

Bake ’em . . .

Pass the scones and tea sandwiches!

† Tasty tidbits: The North Shore’s popular Three Tarts bakery and cafe (where the Sun-Times is the ONLY Chicago newspaper for sale, thankyouverymuch) has been so inundated with orders for royal wedding cakes it’s had to stop taking requests for the regular kind!

† To wit: “We’ve been swamped by orders for royal wedding parties,” said Kate Rooney, co-proprietor of the Northfield bakery. “They want the royal cake variety with marzipan and fondant and the initials KW for Friday and Saturday night parties showing tapes of the wedding.”

Obama drama . . .

Security scares: First lady Michelle Obama wasn’t the only member of the first family to avert what might have become an air scare recently: Sneed is told the same day President Obama flew out of O’Hare Airport on April 15, a drunken driver breached airport security and nearly drove onto a runway.

† The scene: “The driver followed another vehicle under a security gate and drove over two active taxiways before airport police blocked his car in a parking lot.”

† The finale: “Although the breach happened at another part of the airport, if it had happened when the president was here — you can bet a sniper would have had him in his sights because they were all over the airport,” a source said. “By the way, airport security did a great job of rounding up the guy quickly.”

The Blago beat . . .

Former Gov. Rod Blago is having a slow go typing his second book on famous historical comebacks because he never learned to type properly: “High school typing classes were unmanly,” says Blago in a recent Sun-Times interview.

† Quoth Blago: “It was unman-like. It was a good way to meet girls ’cause [there were] a lot of girls in there but then your friends would mock you ’cause you’re in there.”

I spy . . .

Rocker Chris Cornell of Soundgarden dining at Gibsons Thursday while Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson ate at another table. . . . Former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson was at the steakhouse Friday.

Sneedlings . . .

Sunday’s birthdays: Kelly Clarkson, 29; Chipper Jones, 39; Cedric the Entertainer, 47; Barbra Streisand, 69; Monique Bond, ageless; Richard M. Daley, 69 and Shirley Mac-Laine, 77.

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