Who's In & Who's Out? The Royal Wedding Guest List
The royal family is being coy about naming guests invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. They said around 1,900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey, around 600 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by Queen Elizabeth II and around 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by the Prince Charles.
While Clarence House will not confirm the guest list, there are a handful of celebrities expected to attend the royal wedding. David & Victoria Beckham are reportedly among those invited. David & Prince William's interest in soccer has reportedly sparked their friendship, both working together on England's 2018 World Cup bid. Prince William is also the president of The Football Association in London.
Sir Elton John is expected to attend the ceremony. His connection to the royal family dates back years. John performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. British musician James Blunt confirmed his attendance to an Italian news channel. "I'm actually playing. I'm not singing. I'm playing the church organ there," Blunt explained.
And one royal left off the guest list is Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie received invitations and are expected to attend. However, her rep confirmed to People she would not attend the ceremony. "Sarah is not going to the royal wedding. She never expected to be invited. She doesn't think it will be relevant or appropriate for her to attend," he explained. President Barack Obama and other world leaders were also left off the guest list. Other guests reportedly include the couples' college classmates, close relatives of Diana and approximately 100 of the couple's other friends and family members.
The wedding party includes William's brother, Prince Harry who will serve as his best man and Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton will fill the role of maid of honor. Although there are many reports, there has been no official confirmation on whether or not Pippa will serve as Kate's lady-in-waiting.
The invitations arrived on doorsteps in pale brown envelopes that read: "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite [name] to the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11.00 a.m." They also describe the dress code as "uniform, morning coat or lounge suit."
Prince William and Kate are scheduled to marry on April 29 at London's Westminster Abbey.