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The names of some high-profile people set to attend the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton already have leaked out, but the official guest list has just now been released by Clarence House.
Among the celebs are David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, singer Joss Stone, director (and Madonna ex) Guy Ritchie, Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson (a friend of Prince Charles), Mario Testino, the photographer who snapped the couple's official engagement photos and Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe.
In total, about 1,900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey, with 650 invited to a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by Queen Elizabeth II, and about 300 asked to attend the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by Prince Charles.
Most of the wedding guests -- more than 1,000 -- are family and friends of the prince and princess-to-be's with the rest of the attendees comprising of people from various aspects of their lives: more than 50 members of the royal family; more than 40 members of foreign royal families; more than 200 members of government, parliament and diplomatic corps; about 80 guests drawn from Prince William’s charities, including some people who are not in senior positions but who William has known for some time; 60 governors-general and realm prime ministers; 30 members of the military as well as religious leaders and members of the royal household.
As expected, Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson did not get an invite, though their daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will be there, along with Britain's prime minister David Cameron and his wife, as well as the sisters and brother of Lady Diana Spencer, the prince's mother, and other members of the Spencer family.
Among the more personal guests will be Holly Dyer, Susie Roberts and John Major. Dyer's sister Joanna, a friend of the prince's and a 2nd lieutenant in the British Army, was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007, while Roberts' husband, Major Alexis Roberts, was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 and was the royal’s platoon commander at Sandhurst. Meanwhile, former prime minister Major was appointed a guardian to princes William and Harry after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, with responsibility for legal and administrative matters.
Notable for their absence are such people as President and Mrs. Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, though the wedding is not officially a formal state occasion so does not require the inclusion of world leaders.
The wedding will begin at 11 a.m. London time April 29 and you can follow events as they unfold by joining iVillage's live wedding chat.