Both the guest list and the seating plan for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton (photo, from elle.fr) have been revealed.
The royal couple is to take their vows on Friday at Westminster Abbey, with close family members sitting near.
In the front row will be the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
Directly opposition the Queen will be Miss Middleton’s mother Carole, with her husband Michael and their son James.
2,000 guests will be packed into the 1,000-year-old Abbey for the wedding.
Among those attending will be celebrity guests such as Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and Rowan Atkinson, but also sports personalities including Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, who recently announced that he was coming out of retirement to compete in London in 2012, former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Trevor Brooking, a Football Association colleague of the Prince who is the body’s president, and Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas.
Prince William also invited Squadron Leader Paul Bolton, from RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales, where the prince is based as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot has been invited.
The members of the Spencer family will also be present, sitting next to the Middletons will be Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the sister of William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Alongside her will be seated Lady Anne Wake-Walker, Diana’s aunt, Lord Fellowes and Lady Jane Fellowes, Diana’s brother-in-law and sister, and Earl Spencer.
In the South Transept, directly to the side, will be foreign dignitaries and diplomats.
Also present, 46 foreign royals, among which will be the Prince of Bahrain, whose country was recently criticised by foreign secretary William Hague for its human rights record.
In the south side of the Abbey, behind the choir, will be prime minister David Cameron and other cabinet members, and Ed Miliband, Labour leader.
And faith representatives and friends of the bride and groom will also be seated behind the choir.