Royal wedding plans peg guests invitation at 2000 heads

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Almost 2,000 guests have been invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Their names have not been released but the Westminster Abbey congregation is expected to feature celebrities, leading politicians, heads of state and royalty from across the world.
Around 1,900 people will watch William and Kate exchange their marriage vows on April 29, with more than half the guests drawn from the couple’s family and friends, St James’s Palace announced.

But many royal watchers will be waiting to see if leading world figures such as US President Barack Obama, singer Elton John or rapper Kanye West are among those taking their seats in the Abbey.

Prince William

The number of guests will be reduced for the lunchtime reception, where around 600 relatives, friends and dignitaries will toast the couple at Buckingham Palace.

The evening dinner followed by dancing will be a more intimate affair, with just 300 of the couple’s loved ones gathering at the palace.

The event may be the marriage of two people but those invited reflect William’s position as second-in-line to the throne, with a host of UK and foreign dignitaries also on the list.

More than 200 members of the Government, parliament and diplomatic corps will be amongst the guests along with 60 Governors-General and prime ministers from the Queen’s Commonwealth realms, and more than 40 foreign royals.

William’s charities will be represented by 80 people and 30 members of the defence services have been invited – a number expected to include the heads of the three Armed Forces.

There will also be representatives from the Church and other faiths.

Sopurce: Daily Express