Wedding guest lists are dangerous territory. How many people should the parents invite? What if one half of the happy couple brings more guests than the other? Are old flames welcome? All these problems are multiplied a thousandfold if you're the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and your wedding is going to be watched by a billion people worldwide and your family has a few shady connections. There have already been complaints about the strict invite policy no plus ones! but who did make the cut? The royal invitation list includes toffs, exes, celebrities, dubious billionaires, and a pair of shady uncles. Here's a crowd-spotting guide for those watching at home.
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Nightclub proprietor and “court jester” of the Throne Rangers, the group of young and attractive socialites who surround Princes William and Harry. Pelley helped organize William’s bachelor party, and, impressively, not a single detail has leaked.
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Prince Harry’s on/off (currently on!) girlfriend is the daughter of a multimillionaire safari operator and will soon start work at a fancy English law firm. Usually photographed with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
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Kate’s younger sister, and according to Plum Sykes, “Pippa is the luckiest one of all. She gets all the right sort of attention from men, fashion designers, hostesses and things, and doesn’t have any of the duties. She’s become a Princess without the bad bits.” She's bringing her boyfriend, former cricketer and school chum of William, Alex Loudon.
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The bad boy director is a friend of William and Kate's. His ex-wife, Madonna, is allegedly a friend of Prince Charles but sadly didn't make the cut.
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Posh and Becks
How could England's official royal couple not be invited? They may have passed on some wedding tips to the happy couple — at their own ceremony, they sat on thrones.
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Thought to be the most significant of William’s exes. She hails from Kenya’s Happy Valley, where the two supposedly staged a mock engagement back in 2003. Recently broke off her own engagement.
One of the few Americans on the list. The former owner of “Bank of Presidents” Riggs Bank was investigated by Congress regarding a massive money-laundering scheme. Allbritton gives a lot of money to Charles's charities and has been known to lend the prince his Gulfstream.
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Tara Palmer Tompkinson
The closest thing England has to Paris Hilton. Socialite, rehabbed cocaine addict, and professional reality-TV contestant.
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Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling
Billionaire car park owner who lent Charles and Camilla his £50 million yacht for a holiday. Owes his naval title to massive contributions to naval charities.
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Gabrielle di Nora
The girlfriend of Sir Donald. She heads the personal-shopping team at Selfridge’s and used to take Princess Diana shopping.
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Isabella Anstruther Gough-Calthorpe
Another of the William exes. He was said to be so besotted with her that Kate broke up with William over it. Recently broke up with Sam (son of Richard) Branson.
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Another William ex, daughter of the man who runs the Cirencester Polo Club and a PR for Gucci. A good friend of both halves of the couple.
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Kate’s first boyfriend at St. Andrews. They broke up long before Kate and William became an item. Now a respectably married lawyer in London.
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Kate’s boyfriend at boarding school is an Emmy-nominated journalist (for Dan Rather Reports on HDNet) who recently dated Elettra (daughter of Isabella) Rossellini.
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Another William ex, this one an aspiring actress who, in an NYC connection, studied at the Lee Strasberg institute on 15th Street.
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Another former ex of William's, now married to another of William's school chums. Her mother is Diana’s cousin.
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An heiress from Tennessee and William’s American ex. Now a partner in the fancy interior design firm d’Erlanger and Sloan.
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Personal friend of Prince Charles, widow of murdered banker Edward Safra, and, according to Forbes 2011, the 993rd richest person in the world at $1.2 billion.
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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
This will be a relatively rare public appearance for the low-key daughters of Prince Andrew. Their mother, Sarah Ferguson, has not made the guest list; her latest royal transgression involves asking for cash in return for an introduction to her ex-husband.
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Princess Diana's brother and William’s uncle. Still best known for excoriating the royal family at Diana’s funeral.
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Tiggy Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke)
Former nanny to William and Harry. Endlessly the subject of rumors, often propagated by Diana, to be the mistress of Prince Charles.
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Holly and Sam Branson
The socialite children of Richard Branson. Sam and Richard are known to have gotten high together. Holly whisked Kate away to the Branson’s private island when she and William were on one of their breaks.
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Socialite and ex-girlfriend of James Blunt. Not the one “You’re Beautiful” is about.
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The daughter of Princess Anne, world champion show jumper, and former winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Her own royal wedding to rugby player Mike Tindall will happen at the end of July.
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Belle and John Robinson
Owners of high street fashion store Jigsaw, and Kate’s former employers. They lent the happy couple their villa on Mustique for a vacation.
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Owner of Mustique’s Basil Bar, favored getaway location for the happy couple. Its unofficial motto: “Why not have fun.”
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Head designer at Issa. Kate wore one of her dresses to the official announcement of the engagement.
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Lucia Santa Cruz
A Chilean socialite, said to be Prince Charles’s first lover and also the woman who introduced him to Camilla.
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A friend of the couple’s from St. Andrews and now a society milliner.
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Friend of Kate’s from St. Andrews and now a fashion designer, mostly of printed waistcoats.