With the wedding of the decade a mere three weeks away, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials is the wedding party to be invited to. The gold-leafed invite (pictured – mine was obviously lost in the post) dropped on the doorstep of the rich and famous a few weeks ago, ensuring a glittering guest-list fit for a King-in-waiting.
The eclectic line-up includes key figures from the world of politics, entertainment, fashion and sport, not forgetting the odd international tycoon and a plethora of high-flying financiers. I for one, can’t wait to see the photos for the wedding breakfast, to be held at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony. The 650-strong guest list include David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie (with no plus one – sorry, Guy’s girlfriend!), Elton John and David Furnish, David Cameron and Count Kalnoky of Transylvania, to name but a few. (How cool would it be to have a Count at your wedding?)
Not everyone was lucky enough to receive an invite. Notable absences from the guest-list were disgraced Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (no surprise there) and President Obama (don’t worry Barack, I know how you feel).
In retrospect, Obama’s exclusion is expected; not many heads of state were invited by the contemporary royal couple. However, I have something of a soft spot for Fergie and, as the mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, wish she were invited. I find her down-to-earth vibe endearing and think she is constantly plagued by bad decisions (and even worse PR). Recent negative press has ensured Fergie to be shunned on the big day, despite her daughters bagging much-coveted invites.
An uncharacteristically coy Fergie, has remained tight-lipped about the lack of invite, but the Queen’s composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has taken the snub personally. Having been put on standby months ago by Buckingham Palace, he was informed a few weeks ago that his services will not be required. (Instead, William and Kate have decided on a low-key choir and musicians from the RAF Band and Household Cavalry.) Taking the snub to heart, Sir Maxwell Davies has openly said that he won’t be watching the royal wedding celebrations. I don’t think that will dent the viewing figures, do you? An estimated 750 million tuned in to watch the live television broadcast of the Charles and Diana wedding in 1981. With similar viewing figures expected on the day of a national holiday, this is going to be one hell of a party. Bring on the champagne…