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Royal Wedding: The A-listers say yes to invitation ...with one exception

By Tony Jones

Leading figures from British society and across the globe will attend next week's Royal wedding, but absent from their number will be one notable face — the King of Cambodia.

King Norodom Sihamoni will not be joining other crowned heads of state, prime ministers, ambassadors and dignitaries at Prince William and Kate Middleton's (right) marriage ceremony.

He will be missing from a gathering of foreign royalty that includes everyone from the Sultan of Brunei to King Constantine, the former sovereign of Greece, and his wife Queen Anne-Marie.

The list of celebrities attending the Westminster Abbey ceremony is headed by David and Victoria Beckham and also features Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish, television presenter Ben Fogle and wife Marina and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Prime Minister David Cameron, with wife Samantha, will lead the Government's guest list and is expected to be joined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam. Other senior Cabinet ministers are also expected to attend as well as opposition leader Ed Miliband and fiancée Justine Thornton.

Those invited also include faces from Miss Middleton's home parish of Bucklebury in Berkshire.

John Haley, the landlord of Kate's favourite country pub the Old Boot Inn, will be amongst the guests as will butcher Martin Fidler and local postman Ryan Naylor.

It is believed that King Norodom's official office has not replied to the wedding invitation that went out a few months ago.

A St James's Palace spokesman said they would not comment on the attendance of guests.

King Norodom was imprisoned under house arrest for three years in the late 1970s when the brutal Khmer Rouge regime were in

power. A talented ballet dancer, he went on to work as a professor of classical dance for almost two decades before he became monarch, when his father King Sihanouk abdicated in 2004.

A spokesman for the Cambodian Embassy in London confirmed the king would not be attending.

He said: “The king is not available on that day. We have already informed Buckingham Palace. He cannot come on that day as he has some personal reasons. He has a previous engagement and has health problems.”

The spokesman would not discuss the medical problem, only saying it was not serious but stopped him from flying to the UK.

Around 1,900 guests have been invited to the wedding with more than 1,000 of those the friends and family of William and Kate. The Queen, Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal family have also invited their friends.

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