Who’s On the Royal Guest List

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | Around Town, Campaigns, current affairs, news

The most awaited wedding of the year finally released its guest list. As Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton prepare to tie the knot next month, all eyes are on the royal couple’s star-studded ceremony. From surprise celebs to passed-over politicians—Pür’s got the scoop on who made the cut and who got snubbed.

Save the Date
A-listers David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John and Kanye West each received invitations. William met Beckham while attending the World Cup in South Africa, and the two became fast friends. John is a close family friend who famously sang “Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral.  As for Kanye—William’s a big fan.

Other notable additions include Kate’s ex-boyfriend Rupert Finch and William’s purported longtime love, Jessica Craig. While inviting former flames to a wedding might raise more than a few eyebrows, according to Katie Nicholl of the Daily Mail, “William’s exes are his very, very close friends. [Kate] doesn’t have a problem with them.” Once can only hope William feels the same way toward Finch.

Sorry but…
While the royal role call reads like a who’s who of the world’s foremost politicians and diplomats, there were a few glaring exceptions. Don’t look for the Obamas or French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni at Westminster Abbey. Their names never made the cut.

While omitting the leaders from two of Britain’s closest allies came as a surprise, few were shocked to learn that William’s aunt Sarah Ferguson never got one of the 1,900 gilted invites. The ex-wife of William’s uncle Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Ferguson, or “Fergie”, was frequently the subject of tabloid scandal during her tumultuous divorce.