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David Beckham is coming, Elton John is coming and so is "Mr Bean". Barack Obama has not been invited – just some of the interesting details revealed yesterday. 

Britain's Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton pose for photographers in the State Rooms of St James’s Palace, central London on November 16, 2010. AFP

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Who’s coming to the wedding?

David Beckham

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is coming. President Barak Obama of the United States is not.

She’s a royal, he isn’t and since the wedding is not a formal state occasion, there is no need to undergo the headaches involved in inviting world leaders.

There will be a lot of guests present at the wedding service in London's Westminster Abbey next Friday who are more famous than most world leaders, however.  Musician Elton John, footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria are coming and so is "Mr Bean," actor Rowan Atkinson.

The seating plan for the ceremony revealed for the first time that William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals will be the front row, together with Kate's family on the other side of the aisle.

Kate's mother Carole will sit directly opposite the queen.

Elton John

The Spencer family of William's mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, will sit behind the Middletons, but as expected there is a snub for Sarah Ferguson, William's aunt and ex-wife of uncle Prince Andrew, following a series of tabloid scandals.

More than 40 foreign royals from countries as diverse as Brunei, Thailand, Morocco and Swaziland are among the "confirmed attendees", said St James's Palace, William's official residence.

One controversial royal who received an invite was Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, but he is likely to be a “no show” after complaints over the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters there.

In a nod to William's military background and status as second-in-line to the throne, there will also be a British veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the families of soldiers killed in that country and in Iraq.

Most of the guests are family or private friends of William and Kate, and her guests reportedly include the butcher, the postman and the greengrocer from the rural English village of Bucklebury where she grew up.

Adapted from an AFP agency story. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/fG2leI

royal – a member of the family of a king and queen  บุคคลในราชวงศ์
formal – official; following an agreed or official way of doing things เป็นพิธี,ตามแบบ,ตามระเบียบ
state – government รัฐบาล
occasion – a special event, ceremony or celebration โอกาส, งาน
undergo – to experience เผชิญกับ, ประสบ
headache – a person or thing that causes worry or trouble ปัญหา
invite – to ask somebody to come to a social event; to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something เชิญ
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
wedding service (ceremony) – a wedding ceremony, usually religious, in which two people are officially married พิธีแต่งงาน
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
aisle – a long narrow space between rows of seats in a church, aircraft, or cinema ทางเดินระหว่างที่นั่ง (ในโบสถ์, โรงภาพยนตร์, เครื่องบิน)
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
snub – insulting someone by ignoring them or being rude to them การดูแคลน, การดูถูก
series – several events or things of a similar kind that happen one after the other  สิ่งที่ต่อเนื่องกัน, อนุกรม, ลำดับ
tabloid – a type of popular newspaper with small pages which has many pictures and short simple reports หนังสือพิมพ์ขนาดเล็กที่รวมเรื่องสั้นต่างๆ ไว้
scandal – a situation in which important people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people เรื่องอื้อฉาว
diverse – including people from many different backgrounds; very different from each other หลากหลาย
attendee – a person who attends a meeting, etc.  ผู้เข้าร่วม (ในการประชุม, งานต่าง
residence – a place where someone lives ที่อยู่อาศัย
controversial – causing disagreement ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
invite – an invitation การเชิญ
no show – a person who does not attend an event where they have been invited or are expected to attend
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
crackdown – strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การใช้กำลังสลายผู้ประท้วง
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc  ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
nod – giving permission for something; agreeing to something
background – the type of career, training, or education that someone has had ประวัติ
status – official or legal position สถานภาพ
second-in-line to the throne – a person who has the right to become the king or queen of a country after someone one else, in this case, after Prince Charles
veteran – a person who has been a soldier, sailor, etc. in a war ทหารผ่านศึก

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