Becks on Wills-Kate wedding guest list, Obamas missing

Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 20:20 PM IST

London: 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 on 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.

St James`s Palace also confirmed for the first time that Bahrain`s crown prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will be attending, despite British concerns about the treatment of activists there.

About 40 other 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 Obama or French President Sarkozy, weren`t sent invitations.

Bureau Report