2,000 guests invited to Prince William`s marriage

Around 2,000 guests have been invited to attend couple`s royal wedding.

Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 00:17 AM IST

London: Around 2,000 guests, including
leading politicians, heads of state, and royalty from across
the world, have been invited to attend Prince William and his
fiancee Kate Middleton`s wedding.

According to St James`s Palace, over 1,900 people will
watch the couple exchange their wedding vows on 29 April with
more than half the guests drawn from the couple`s family and
friends, the British media reported.

The number of guests will be reduced for the lunchtime
reception, where 600 relatives, friends and dignitaries will
toast the couple at Buckingham Palace; evening dinner followed
by dancing will be a more intimate affair with 300 of couple`s
loved ones gathering at the palace.

More than 200 members of the British government,
Parliament and diplomatic corps will be among the guests,
along with 60 governors-general and prime ministers from the
Queen`s Commonwealth realms, and more than 40 foreign royals.

Prince William and Middleton got engaged last October
and will tie the knot on April 29 this year.

Emperor Akihito of Japan, Serbia`s Crown Prince
Alexander, King Constantine of Greece, his wife Queen
Ann-Marie and their eldest son Crown Prince Pavlov and King
Michael of Romania and his wife Queen Anne are among 1,900
dignitaries invited for the Royal wedding of William and Kate
Middleton at Westminster Abbey her on April 29.

A royal aide said: "Ultimately who would be attending
the Palace reception was the couple`s choice. It will be a
mixture of their friends, people who are known personally to
the Royal family and members of the foreign royal families.

There will not be many people present who are there
just by dint of their office.

"The couple were also keen to keep the evening
reception intimate."

Leading British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson`s
children Holly and Sam are expected to be there, as is Guy
Pelly, the nightclub entrepreneur who is believed to be
organsing the stag night.

Downing Street sources confirmed that Prime Minister
David Cameron and wife Samantha will be attending the
reception at the Palace, while sources close to Labour leader
Ed Miliband said he had only been invited to the Abbey
service. The Royal houses of Spain, Holland, Norway, Sweden,
Denmark, and Belgium are also expected to be invited.

The gilt-edged invitations, which were sent out by
the Lord Chamberlain`s office on Wednesday and Thursday,
feature the Queen`s initials under a crown stamped in gold.
There will be two versions sent to guests for daytime
events - one inviting them to the ceremony at the Abbey only,
and another including details of the Buckingham Palace
reception. A separate invitation will be sent to the couple`s
close friends and family for the dinner.

Members of Diana, Princess of Wales`s family are also
expected to attend the entire day, including her elder sisters
Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and her three
children, the Prince`s cousins Emily, George and Celia, to
whom he is close.

Earl Spencer, Prince William`s uncle, is also
expected to attend, with his new fiancee, Karen Gordon.
The Prince has also invited around 80 guests linked
to organisations for which he is either patron or president,
including the Football Association, Centrepoint, the
homelessness charity of which his mother was patron, and the
Tusk Trust, a wildlife conservation group.

The guest list will also include 30 senior members of
the defence services, including the heads of the three armed
forces, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, General Sir Peter Wall and
Air chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

Royal aides said the guest list will also include
friends and colleagues from Prince William`s regiment, the
Household Cavaltry, and from his base at RAF Valley in
Anglesey, where he is currently serving as a search and rescue
helicopter pilot.

Wounded troops are also expected to be on the guest
list.

PTI