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.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, 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.
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.
The Mail says that 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.
Kate's sister and maid of honour Pippa is inviting her boyfriend of one year, city trader Alex Loudon. Meanwhile, her brother James will attend on his own.
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.
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