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Snippets of royal wedding list emerge

This is one of two official portrait photographs

This is one of two official portrait photographs taken Nov. 25, 2010, in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment in St. James's Palace, London, and released by Clarence House Press Office on Dec. 12, 2010, to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William, left, and Catherine Middleton. Photo Credit: AP

Soccer star David Beckham will be there with his pop star wife Victoria. Elton John is attending with partner David Furnish. And the Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala will be there too, probably one of the few guests at the wedding of the year wearing orange and burgundy Buddhist robes.

The guest list for the April 29 union of Prince William and Kate Middleton is still being kept secret, but details have begun to leak out, with some coming forward to say they are attending and the Mail on Sunday newspaper claiming to have the official invitation roster, The Associated Press reports.

The palace dismissed the newspaper's list as speculation Sunday.

It won't be clear until the day how the royal couple has balanced the protocol demands that they invite statesmen, diplomats, religious leaders, politicians and the like with invitations to the people they really want to see, particularly the crowd they made friends with when they met and fell in love at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

The Mail's list has an eclectic mix -- from fabulously wealthy friends of Prince Charles to a favored bartender and a yoga instructor from the Caribbean island of Mustique, long a hideaway for royals and rockers.

William and Middleton have showed their modern side by inviting a number of close friends, even including some former sweethearts, the newspaper said.

Some guests, like leading religious figures, have to be invited because of the magnitude of the event, even if they don't actually have a friendship with the royal family. Seelawimala, for example, has never met the couple, though he certainly hopes to when the big day comes.

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