Royal Wedding Media Briefing

Just today, I got a copy of the media briefing file to the royal wedding from the official wedding site of Prince William and Catherine Middleton approved by Buckingham Palace. The document includes the details of the ceremony, costs, timing, seating arrangement and the names of guests.

The media briefing file listed the timings of the arrival of the guests and the entourage to Westminster Abbey. The guests are expected to be in the church at 8:30 in the morning. Prince William and Prince Harry, who will travel in a Bentley car together, will leave Clarence House at 10:00 in the morning, while the rest of the royal family will be in the church shortly before 10:45. Kate Middleton with her family and bridesmaids will spend the night before the wedding at Goring Hotel. She will be accompanied by her father in a state car from the Royal Mews, Roll Royce Phantom IV, on her way to the church and not in a glass carriage which carried the late Princess of Wales, Diana, in 1981. The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00 o'clock and expected to finish at 12:30.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster while the Right Reverend, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate the marriage vows of the couple, the Bishop of London will give the address.

The Queen and Prince Charles will shoulder the costs of the wedding , Mr.and Mrs.Middleton reportedly will share considerable amount of the costs. Because Prince William is not yet the Heir-Apparent, the British government won't share any expenses except for the security.

The briefing document includes the seating arrangement inside the church. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla and Prince Harry will occupy the front seat directly facing William and Kate, on the opposite side will be the Middletons. Members of the royal family will come next facing the Spencer family and selected relatives of Kate. The foreign royals will occupy the right part of the Abbey. Members of the Defence forces will seat at the back of the royal family

Finally, the names of the invited guests are revealed in the document. There are 40 foreign royals who are invited, plus government officials, ministers of the commonwealth and friends of both William and Kate. Celebrities like Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and Film director Guy Ritchie are included. Surprisingly, President Obama and President Sarkozy of France are not invited, a palace spokesman said "traditionally, royal family only invites fellow royals in a wedding, if there are government officials invited, only those who belonged to the British commonwealth of nations". As of April 24, there are 1,900 guests who will come to the royal wedding on April 29.

Here is the complete list of royals who will be attending the ceremony:


 The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Henry of Wales
The Duke of York
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Eugenie of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips
Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall
Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley
 And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones
The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto
 And Master Samuel Chatto
 And Master Arthur Chatto
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Earl and Countess of Ulster
The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis
Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
Lord Downpatrick
The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor
The Lady Amelia Windsor
The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor
The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
The Lady Gabriella Windsor
Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy
Miss Marina Ogilvy
The Lady Saltoun
The Prince and Princess of the Asturias
The Crown Prince of Bahrain
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgrarian
The Queen of Denmark
King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho
The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands
The King and Queen of Norway
Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman
The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita
Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman
The Queen of Spain
The King of Swaziland
The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
The King of Tonga
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia

Lady Sarah Mcquorcodale (sister of Diana) and her husband
Lady Jane Fellowes (sister of Diana) and her husband The Lord Robert Fellowes (former private secretary of the Queen)
Lord Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl of Althorp

Others are foreign dignitaries from the British commonwealth of nations, senior members of UK's Defence forces, members of British government, representatives of different religious organizations in Britain, representatives from different charitable institutions, selected relatives of the Middletons and friends of Kate and William.

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