Despite earlier statements that no official guest list would be released, Clarence House has today published a list of selected guests for the wedding of Prince William of Britain and Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey on Friday.
Members of reigning royal families with partners:
HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and HRH Prince Philip of the United Kingdom, Duke of Edinburgh
HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and HM Queen Saleha of Brunei
HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
HM King Mswati III of Swaziland
HM King Harald V of Norway and HM Queen Sonja of Norway
HH Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar and HH Sheikha Mohza bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar [did after all not attend]
HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
HSH Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock
HM King George Tupou IV of Tonga
HM King Mizan Zainal Abidin of Malaysia, Sultan of Terengganu and HM Queen Nur Zanirah of Malaysia, Sultana of Terengganu
HM Queen Sofía of Spain
HRH Princess Consort Salma of Morocco
HRH Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, Prince of Wales and HRH Camilla, Princess of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Cornwall
HRH Prince Felipe of Spain, Prince of Asturias and HRH Letizia, Princess of Asturias
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Westrogothia and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Westrogothia
HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium, Duke of Brabant and HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant
HH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi
HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain [cancelled his attendance on 24 April]
HRH Prince Henry of the United Kingdom (best man)
HRH Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom, Duke of York
HRH Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom
HRH Princess Eugenie of the United Kingdom
HRH Prince Edward of the United Kingdom, Earl of Wessex and HRH Sophie, Princess of the United Kingdom, Countess of Wessex
HRH Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence
HRH Prince Richard of the United Kingdom, Duke of Gloucester and HRH Birgitte, Princess of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Gloucester
HRH Prince Edward of the United Kingdom, Duke of Kent and HRH Katharine, Princess of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Kent
HRH Prince Michael of the United Kingdom and HRH Marie-Christine, Princess Michael of the United Kingdom
HRH Princess Alexandra of the United Kingdom, the Hon Lady Ogilvy
HRH Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand
HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said of Oman
HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and HRH Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho
HRH Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and HRH Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman of Saudi Arabia
HH Sheikh Ahmad al-Hamoud al-Sabah of Kuwait
Members of non-reigning royal families with partners:
HM ex-King Konstantinos II of the Hellenes and HM ex-Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
HM ex-King Mihai I of Romania
HM ex-King Simeon II of the Bulgarians and HM ex-Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians
HRH ex-Crown Prince Pavlós of Greece and HRH ex-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
HRH ex-Crown Princess Margarita of Romania
HRH ex-Crown Prince Aleksandar of Yugoslavia and HRH ex-Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
HRH Prince Konstantinos Alexios of Greece
HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
Descendants of royals with partners:
Lady Louise Windsor (daughter of the Earl of Wessex) (bridesmaid)
Mr Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne of the UK) and Mrs Autumn Phillips
Miss Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Anne of the UK) and Mr Mike Tindall
David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (son of the late Princess Margaret of the UK) and Serena, Viscountess Linley
The Hon Charles Armstrong-Jones (son of Viscount Linley)
The Hon Margarita Armstrong-Jones (daughter of Viscount Linley) (bridesmaid)
Lady Sarah Chatto (daughter of the late Princess Margaret of the UK) and Mr Daniel Chatto
Mr Samuel Chatto (son of Lady Sarah Chatto)
Mr Arthur Chatto (son of Lady Sarah Chatto)
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster (son of the Duke of Gloucester) and Claire, Countess of Ulster
Lady Davina Lewis (daughter of the Duke of Gloucester) and Mr Gary Lewis
Lady Rose Gilman (daughter of the Duke of Gloucester) and Mr George Gilman
George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews (son of the Duke of Kent) and Sylvana, Countess of St Andrews
Edward Windsor, Baron Downpatrick (son of Earl of St Andrews)
Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (daughter of Earl of St Andrews)
Lady Amelia Windsor (daughter of Earl of St Andrews)
Lord Nicholas Windsor (son of the Duke of Kent) and Lady Nicholas (Paola) Windsor
Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of the Duke of Kent) and Mr Timothy Taylor
Lord Frederick Windsor (son of Prince Michael) and Lady Frederick (Sophie) Windsor
Lady Gabriella Windsor (daughter of Prince Michael)
Mr James Ogilvy (son of Princess Alexandra) and Mrs Julia Ogilvy
Mrs Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Princess Alexandra) [did not attend after all]
Flora Fraser, 21st Lady Saltoun (widowed daughter-in-law of the late former Princess Patricia of the UK)
Members of the bride’s family:
Mr Michael Middleton and Mrs Carole Middleton (parents of the bride)
Miss Philippa Middleton (sister of the bride) (maid of honour)
Mr James Middleton (brother of the bride)
Members of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s family:
Charles, 9th Earl Spencer (brother of the late Princess) and Miss Karen Gordon
Lady Sarah McCorquodale (sister of the late Princess) and Mr Neil McCorquodale
Lady Jane Fellowes (sister of the late Princess) and Robert, Baron Fellowes of Shotesham
Lady Anne Wake-Walker (paternal aunt of the late Princess)
Among the other interesting guests are:
- The Governor-Generals of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
- The Prime Ministers or Premiers of Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as representatives of the crown colonies Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat and St Helena, and the First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other senior cabinet ministers (William Hague, George Osborne, Kenneth Clarke, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt).
- Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party.
- The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and his equivalents from the Scottish Parliament and the assemblies of Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Lord Speaker.
- The Mayor of London, the Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor of Westminster.
- The Cabinet Secretary.
- The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and several other representatives of various churches and faiths.
- Senior members of the Defence services.
- Lord Lieutenants.
- Representatives of charities and organisations.
- Former Prime Minister Sir John Major.
- Various celebrities such as singer Elton John, film maker Guy Ritchie, footballer David Beckham and singer Victoria Beckham, singer Joss Stone, actor Rowan Atkinson and photographer Mario Testino.
Two relatives of Prince William who are not on this list but who have confirmed their presence to the media are Lady Brabourne, the estranged wife of a second cousin of Prince Charles, and the Hon Mrs (Margaret) Rhodes, a niece of the late Queen Mother.
This lists suggests that the only reigning royal families not to be represented in London on Friday will be Liechtenstein, Japan, Jordan, Bhutan and Cambodia. The court of Tokyo has earlier stated that no member of the Japanese imperial family would be attending due to the natural and nuclear disasters which recently struck the country. British media have reported that the King of Cambodia has not replied to his invitation, whereas the King and Queen of Jordan have been reported to have been invited.