|Prince William & Kate Middleton rule out celeb singers for royal wedding
Wednesday, February 9 2011
Prince William and Kate Middleton have ruled out any stars singing at their wedding – even Elton John.
The couple are also believed to be slashing the number of famous guests when they tie the knot at Westminster Abbey. According to a palace source though, Elton and David and Victoria Beckham will be invited.
William and Kate have had offers from many top musicians eager to perform on the big day. Elton – who famously sang Candle in the Wind inside the Abbey for Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral – was thought to be a shoo-in. But the couple decided to have traditional church music when they say their vows in front of a worldwide audience on April 29, 2011.
A palace source said on February 8, 2011: “There will just be a choir and an organ. They do not want the day to turn into a performing circus, they want it to be intimate and traditional.”
William, 28, and Kate, 29, are inviting around 5,000 guests. She will arrive at the Abbey by car instead of the glass coach, but most elements will be in line with royal tradition.
Meanwhile, Kate will receive advice from royal aide Sir David Manning as she prepares for life as the prince’s wife. The veteran diplomat, who also advises William, will mentor her on a range of topics from matters of state to foreign affairs.
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