Saturday, April 9, 2011

The official royal wedding guest list revealed: Kate asks 2 ex-loves ... and William invites 4


Varied: Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen an eclectic guest list for their wedding

If the names on Prince Charles's list have raised eyebrows, those personally invited by William and Kate to the Abbey service and wedding breakfast are almost as intriguing.

While the Prince of Wales embraced the worlds of high finance and international politics when sending invitations, the 250 guests jointly chosen by the Royal couple, together with the 100 guests invited by Kate's parents, include a football club chairman, a famous comedian, a yoga teacher – and all of William's ex-girlfriends, along with two of Kate's rumoured former flames.

Their choices include...

On the list: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham are on the guest list

David and Victoria Beckham have told friends they are 'delighted' to be invited and The Mail on Sunday can reveal film director Guy Ritchie – who is Kate's sixth cousin once removed – is also on the list, though there is no plus-one for his girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley.

Former English rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward will attend with his wife Lady Woodward. Comedian Rowan Atkinson is also invited.

Flamboyant: Basil Charles, whose beachside bar is a favourite of guests on Mustique, has been invited

More than 15 members of the Middleton family are invited, along with distant cousins and friends from around the world, including Italy, Switzerland, France and Australia.

Kate's uncle, multi-millionaire entrepreneur Gary Goldsmith, who shamed the family when he was filmed chopping cocaine and boasting of his Royal connections, will be among those invited to meet the Queen at the Palace. Carole's only brother will be accompanied by his ex-wife Luan Goldsmith and their ten-year-old daughter Tallulah.

Set for the Abbey: Jecca Craig, rumoured to be a former flame of the Prince, seen left with Captain Philip Kaye; Arabella Musgrave, who went out with William before he went to University, is also invited

Other relatives include Matita Glassborow, Jean Harrison, Stephen Lupton, David Middleton, Elizabeth Middleton, Timothy Middleton, John Middleton, Richard Middleton, Simon Middleton, Nicholas Middleton, Adam Middleton and Lucy Middleton.

Kate's sister Pippa is taking her boyfriend Alex Loudon, while her brother James will attend alone.

An invitation has been sent to the chairman of Reading FC, John Madejski, who lives near the family in Berkshire, confirming the Middletons move in well-connected circles. They have also invited Tory MP Richard Benyon and his second wife Zoe, who entertained Carole and Michael at his country pile, Englefield House, recently.

Swiss-based, British-born investment banker Alexander Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, and Newbury-based horse trainer Hugh Morrison, along with his wife Mary, are also to attend, as is designer Philippa Naylor.

Attending: Rose Farquhar, William's first girlfriend, is going; as is Willem Marx, Kate's ex-boyfriend, seen here with her in a school picture

Artist and close family friend Gemma Billington and her husband Tim are invited, along with Party Pieces photographer Millie Pilkington and her husband Edward.

Landowners William Hartley Russell and his wife Marina, who reside at Bucklebury House in the oldest landed estate in Berkshire, are also among the invitees.

Gold-leafed invite: Both Holly Branson, left, and Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe - rumoured to have been pursued by William - have received invites

The Middletons have invited many friends from Mustique, prompting speculation that the newlyweds will honeymoon on the Caribbean island.

The managing directors of The Mustique Company, Roger Pritchard and Brian Alexander, are on the guest list, along with John and Belle Robinson, in whose villa William and Kate have stayed. Jeanette Cadet, the 'welcoming face' who fronts the villa rentals office on Mustique, is also attending.

The island's head tennis coach Richard Schaffer has been invited, along with Gregory Allen, the island's yoga teacher, and the local doctor Michael Bunbury and his wife. Basil Charles, the flamboyant owner of Basil's Bar, has also been invited.

Uni boyfriend: Rupert Finch, Kate's former boyfriend at university

Kate has invited her ex-boyfriend Rupert Finch, whom she dated at St Andrews before she started seeing William, and her Marlborough friend Willem Marx, with whom she was rumoured to have had a relationship in the sixth-form. As we reported in January, William has invited all his exes. Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, whom William is said to have pursued during the summer of 2004, has received her gold-leafed invite.

Arabella Musgrave, who dated William the summer before he went to St Andrews, is invited, along with William's first girlfriend Rose Farquhar.

Jecca Craig, reportedly William's first true love and one of his closest friends, is on the list together with her boyfriend Captain Philip Kaye, her parents Ian and Jane, and her brother Batian and his wife Melissa.

William's friend Olivia Hunt, who attended Edinburgh University with Kate's sister Pippa, and her parents, are also among the invitees.

Close friend of William and former member of the Beaufort polo set Natalie Milbank and her husband Ed are also invited.

Davina Duckworth-Chad – once named as a potential bride for William – will attend with her husband Tom Barber.

Guy Pelly, left, William's best friend, and Thomas van Straubenzee, a pal from Eton, on a night out with Kate

Trusted: Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the prince's private secretary, is invited and his son is Billy is a page boy

Happy to be there: Princess Beatrice's boyfriend, Dave Clark, has been invited, seen here with his girlfriend, centre, and her sister, Princess Eugenie

source: dailymail

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