Not quite the wedding that will be seen around the world, but they happy old couple wants to keep things low key. They are only inviting 24 family members. They are saving the star power for the blessing service. I just don’t quite get what a blessing service is. Call me stupid.
There is royalty, past and present including Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Dutch Prince Constantijn and his wife, Princess Laurentien, and the former king of Greece, Constantine, and his wife Anne-Marie.
Britain’s political elite will be represented by Prime Minister Tony Blair and opposition leaders Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy.
Entertainers include ribald comedian Joan Rivers, a friend of the couple, as well as Joanna Lumley, best known for playing gin-soaked aging model Patsy on “Absolutely Fabulous.” Also invited are actors Kenneth Branagh and Richard E. Grant, “Rumpole of the Bailey” author John Mortimer and veteran broadcaster David Frost.
Figures from the music world include Jools Holland, former keyboard player in 1980s band Squeeze, and actress Trudi Styler, wife of superstar Sting. Both Styler and Holland are supporters of Charles’ Princes Trust charity.
I take it that Elton John will not be performing.
Celebrities Invited to Charles Wedding [ABC News]
(photo via The Age)