A total of 1900 people have been honoured with the privilege of an invitation to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The list was not published until Saturday, but naturally enough it starts at the top, with the immediate family of the bride and groom. But one person is notably absent – Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Prince Andrew and mother to Eugenie and Beatrice.
Etiquette prevails, and to that end 50 royal heads of state have been invited, not just from Europe, but from around the world.
The Prince of Bahrain however, declined the invitation due to ongoing problems in his country.
And it is etiquette too that will guide how people dress, according to wedding planner Sarah Haywood who said: “As well as a high society wedding, this is a semi-state occasion. Dress code I believe is formal, that means ladies not too much flesh showing. We would expect ladies in Great Britain to wear a hat to a wedding. But you mustn’t be too ostentatious or mustn’t do anything that attempts to outshine the bride – we’re thinking of you Victoria Beckham!”
And of course the residents of Beckingham Palace are on the list. She may share her name with the UK’s longest ever reigning monarch, but Victoria Beckham will have to accept that that is where the similarity ends.
America’s princess of pop, Madonna, is not invited, but her ex-husband, film director Guy Ritchie will be there, as will be long-standing pop icon Elton John, once famously close to Prince William’s mother Lady Diana.
Presumably the happy couple are also fans of Mr Bean, aka, Rowan Atkinson, who has also been honoured with an invite.
The wedding will not be a political occasion, nevertheless the Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg are among the chosen few, as well as the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.
Former leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown however, have not received invitations.
But the bride and groom do want their friends to attend. As such Prince William has invited 26 colleagues from his RAF base in Wales.
“It’s a very exciting event for all of us”, said RAF Sergeant Keith Best. “It was a massive surprise when that nice golden envelope dropped through the letterbox, a bit like winning Willie Wonka’s golden ticket,” he added.