The wedding of the decade is less than one week away, and now we know who will be in attendance at Friday’s Royal Wedding.
We all know that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be on hand, but who else made the cut, and who’s raising eyebrows?
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The palace has just revealed that soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria Beckham, will be on hand for the big day, as will singer Sir Elton John, director Guy Ritchie, singer Joss Stone, Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, and quirky “Mr. Bean” star Rowan Atkinson.
The photographer responsible for William and Kate’s official engagement photos, Mario Testino, will be a guest.
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Prince Albert “in a can” of Monaco will attend with his fiance, Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Prince Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (second cousin to Prince Charles, mother of actress Catherine Oxenberg and 1,397th in line to the British throne) will be a guest, as will royals from Spain, Greece, Tonga, Swaziland, Denmark, Bahrain, Belgium, Morocco, Norway, Abu Dhabi, The Netherlands, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.
Even though he recorded a love song for the happy couple, George Michael didn’t make the cut.
The Royal Wedding guest list sparked controversy, however, over the invitation of leaders from countries with poor human rights records and the exclusion of two former prime ministers.
Rights groups say William and Kate were wrong to invite foreign royals from countries such as Bahrain and Swaziland, where authorities have aggressively and violently suppressed pro-democracy protests recently.
Also, ex-premiers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were snubbed on the list, while former Conservative leaders Margaret Thatcher and John Major were included.
Royal officials said Blair, who was in power from 1997-2007, and Brown, who was premier from 2007-2010, weren’t invited because, unlike Major and Thatcher, they are not Knights of the Garter, which is widely regarded as Britain’s highest honor.
The list also raised eyebrows when it was learned that Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain would attend. Earlier reports had indicated that he would withdraw to avoid embarrassment after a bloody crackdown on protesters.
“This guest list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of tyrants and their cronies,” Republic chief Graham Smith said.
“Whatever happened to William’s supposedly strong social conscience? He must take personal responsibility for this and rescind the invitations immediately.”
St. James’s Palace said it had gotten advice from Britain’s foreign ministry on the Royal Weddings guest list.
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