Royal wedding guest list revealed (VIDEO)


Kate Middleton and Prince William talk with youngsters from a local soccer club at Witton County Park, during a visit Darwen Aldridge Community Academy on April 11, 2011, in Darwen, north-west England.


Alastair Grant

The British monarchy released Saturday the official guest list and seating chart for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Celebrity guests will include David Beckham and his wife Victoria, musician Elton John, director Guy Ritchie and "Mr. Bean" actor Rowan Atkinson, who is a close friend of Prince Charles, the Associated Press reports.

About 40 foreign royals will be in attendance, coming from countries such as Denmark, Norway, Spain, Thailand and Morocco.

A controversial attendee will be Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The royal family of Bahrain ordered a crackdown on protesters that has left at least 30 people dead since the demonstrations began in mid-February.

Two world leaders who did not get invitations are U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will wed Friday, April 29, at Westminster Abbey.

Close family members will sit closest to the couple, BBC reports.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry will sit in the front row. Middleton's mother Carole, father Michael and brother James will sit opposite. See the details here.

About 2,000 guests will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey, including British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The crowd outside the church will include a Mexican teenager who secured a ticket to London after staging a hunger strike in Mexico City.