Royal wedding guest list features Elton John, Beckhams

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 23 2011 10:53 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2011 10:20 PM

LONDON  - Britain on Saturday released the list of confirmed guests for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with singer Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham saying they will attend.

Sporting stars including Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and showbiz figures such as "Mr Bean" actor Rowan Atkinson will also be at Friday's ceremony, along with veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

St James's Palace released the seating plan for the service in London's historic Westminster Abbey, with Queen Elizabeth II and senior royals in the front row together with Kate's family on the other side of the aisle.

More than 40 members of foreign royal families including Prince Albert of Monaco -- who will tie the knot himself on July 1 with South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock -- have also confirmed their attendance at the wedding, as well as several heads of state.

John -- who sang the hit "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of William's mother Princess Diana in the abbey in 1997 after her death in a car crash in Paris -- will be accompanied by his partner David Furnish.

Prince William met footballer Beckham, who will be at the service with his fashion designer wife Victoria, as part of England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, St James's Palace said.

The palace released only a handful of the names of the 1,900 guests at the wedding, which is expected to be watched by a worldwide television audience of around two billion people.