It’s official, the list is out! Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited 1,900 guests to their April wedding, officials said Sunday, filling Westminster Abbey with foreign royals, family, friends and reportedly England’s unofficial royal couple, David and Victoria Beckham.
Gilded invitations issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II began dropping onto doormats this week after being sent out on Wednesday and Thursday, with the monarch’s EIIR cypher die-stamped in gold. We’ve got a shot of the invite after the jump.
Below the royal cypher are the words: “The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite [name] to the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11.00am.”
The card also sets out dress requirements as “uniform, morning coat or lounge suit.”
The list of dignitaries due to attend the wedding on April 29 is likely to meet Kate’s expectations that marrying into the royal family would amount to “quite a daunting prospect.”
While British Prime Minister David Cameron has been invited, President Barack Obama and other world leaders will miss out because William is only second in line to the British throne, not the heir, The Sunday Times said. Even the exes are invited! William has invited ex-girlfriends Jecca Craig and Olivia Hunt, and Kate has invited former boyfriend Rupert Finch, the newspaper reported.
Relatives of William’s late mother, Diana, have also reportedly been invited, with the guest list set to include her sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and her brother, Earl Charles Spencer. Di’s former BFF, Sarah Ferguson was scratched off the list, but her daughters will be there to enjoy the festivities.
The queen and her husband Prince Philip will be at the head of the royal family group filling the pews, along with William’s father Prince Charles and his best man and brother Prince Harry. Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton will also have front row seats along with sister Pippa, her maid of honor, and her brother James.
A further 80 guests will be drawn from Prince William’s charities, which include homelessness charity Centrepoint, the Tusk Trust conservation charity and the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Diana was also a patron. Then there will be 200 members of government, parliament and the diplomatic corps, as well as 60 governors-general and prime ministers from Commonwealth countries, and 30 members of the British military.
Keeping with the “budget-friendly” royal wedding theme, only 600 people have been invited to a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the queen, and an even smaller group of 300 will attend a dinner and dance hosted by Prince Charles in the evening.
We can’t wait to see what Kate’s going to wear to all these parties!