BY BRICE SANDER
ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES
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It’s the event of the year- or century- or millennium- depending on how excited you are about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. So, who nabbed an invite?
England’s The Daily Mail leaked what it believes to be an official guest list, which includes celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and even Kanye West. (BBC)
But it’s some unexpected names, not the big celebs, drawing the most interest. A “royal watcher” tells NBC, the wedding’s all about playing politics.
KEIR SIMMONS: “Many of the guests are people the couple are not close to, or even, may not know.”
NEIL SEAN: “Whatever you may think about a royal wedding, it’s all pre-decided. And, basically, it is a networking, business venture. You know, the royal family invite people you wouldn’t necessarily know. Why would they know, you know, a king of wherever or whatever?”
Reports say William and Kate invited only 250 guests, while their families chose the remaining 1,700 or so. The Daily Mail suggests it’s normal for the family to have a say, but as for their choices? Well...not so normal.
“The names include everyone from friends and family to the great and the good. But by far the most surprising are those who have been invited by Prince Charles. Along with [a Texas banker], he has also invited a Transylvanian count, a Nazi's nephew, and a Kazakh tycoon.”
And since this is not technically a state event, some heads of state - like President Obama - didn’t make the cut. But as Gawker’s Mark Read argues, Obama should’ve topped some of William and Kate’s picks.
“...six of their exes (four of William's and two of Kate's) have been invited to the wedding. Also invited: A bunch of people you've never heard of, who are nonetheless richer than you, including an actual human person named Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe.”
With room for ex-girlfriends and Nazi nephews, there must be room for plus-ones, right? Britain's The Telegraph says, eh, not so fast-
“While the invitations to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding have caused delight in some of Britain's best-connected households, they have, sadly, provoked marital discord in many others … hundreds of the guests have been banned from bringing their wives or husbands."
But a wedding planner explains to the BBC the reasoning behind the lengthy, yet selective, guest list -- not every one's getting into every part of the big day.
MARK NIEMIERKO: “You’ve also got to remember, as well, that the ceremony is going to be the big event, that you’ll have 1,900 people invited to. Then there’s only 600 people coming to the lunchtime reception, which is hosted by the Queen. Then the really intimate ceremony - event, rather - will be the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles, and I would imagine we won’t even have our own prime minister invited to that. That will be really close family and friends.”
And, don’t worry. If you didn’t snag an invite to the nuptials, you can still catch it on TV. Networks like CBS, NBC and E! Entertainment plan to broadcast coverage all day on April 29th.
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