Countdown To The Royal Wedding
Rumors of the famous names to make the Royal Wedding list have been swirling for weeks, but the official guest list has finally been revealed. While there are plenty A-list names from both the U.S. and the U.K. on Kate and William’s list, there are also many unknown names, too.
The full list of confirmed guests and the seating plan for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released by the British monarchy Saturday. Many of the 1,900 invitees had already been mentioned in the media weeks ago, including soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, musician Elton John and director Guy Ritchie. But others, like soul singer Joss Stone and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson – a close friend of William’s father Prince Charles – were new. About 40 foreign royals from countries including Denmark, Norway, Spain, Thailand and Morocco will be in attendance. Other guests include British government and defense officials, British soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and people who work for William’s charities. Palace officials said that only crowned heads of states are traditionally invited to royal weddings, and that political leaders who are not from the 54-member Commonwealth of nations, such as President Barack Obama or French President Nicolas Sarkozy, weren’t sent invitations.
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He may not have been invited to the wedding, but that didn’t stop George Michael from releasing a special version of Steve Wonder’s You and I as wedding gift: