The lucky pair have earned themselves an invite to the most hotly-tipped event of the year.
There was a flurry of excitement when Buckingham Palace confirmed invitations to the most hotly tipped event of the year – Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding – had been sent out. David and Victoria Beckham were confirmed as the first celebrity attendees, and now music star Elton John and his partner have been added to the list.
The singer – a close personal friend of Princess Diana – had previously said he wouldn’t be expecting an invite to the special ceremony, and had not been asked to sing at the reception.
‘I don’t know them (princes William and Harry) very well,’ he revealed earlier this year. ‘I’ve only met them twice – once when they were young and once at the Diana Memorial Concert… I knew their mother but that is the only thing. I’m not playing at the wedding. I haven’t been asked and I don’t expect to be asked.’
Now Elton has revealed he has been invited to the exciting event – happening on April 29 – but has been trying to keep the news quiet.
‘We do have an invitation. I’ve been trying to be discreet,’ he told Canadian show CTV.
Speaking of bride-to-be Kate, the new dad revealed she is similar in may ways to Princess Diana.
‘Kate is Diana in personality. She is very discreet, she is a very beautiful girl,’ he said. ‘They have been together a long time and I think she has handled the pressure so much.’
A whopping 1,900 invitations to the royal wedding were sent out via Royal Mail last month, with insiders confirming attendees at the special ceremony will include a ‘small number’ of A-listers, and a ‘good proportion’ of soldiers and pilots.
A selection of heads of state, and around 1000 of the happy couple’s friends and family have also been invited.
Insiders have revealed other celebrity guests could include TV presenter Ben Fogle and wife Marina and Joanna Lumley, confirming The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and President Obama are definitely not on the list.
‘The couple have made their own decisions about who to invite, with input from the Queen and Prince of Wales,’ a senior courtier revealed to the Daily Mail.
‘Prince William has led a fairly ordinary life in the military and the couple’s guests reflect this. He has looked to the 1986 wedding of the Duke of York, who was then serving in the Armed Forces.
‘You can expect to see soldiers and the prince’s current colleagues (at the Abbey), in addition to about 30 representatives from the defense services.’
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