Royal wedding: Who Prince William and Kate Middleton invited

Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited 1,900 people to join them when they tie the knot Friday at Westminster Abbey. Much of the invite list is dictated by tradition and diplomacy, but 1,000 attendees were also invited as "friends and family." Here's a look at some notables on the list, from Grammy-winners to representatives criticized by the international community for violating human rights.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Arab royalty

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed speaks at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, in this Jan. 21, 2008 file photo.

Call it "wedding diplomacy," perhaps. Queen Elizabeth has invited Arab royals because it will be “good for diplomatic relations” between Britain and the Middle East, reports The Daily Mail.

Many seem to be declining to make an appearance, however. The King of Jordan, the Sultan of Oman, and the King of Saudi Arabia have all been invited – but are sending others in their place.

According to the official list of guests, no representative of the Jordanian monarchy appears to be attending, while Oman will be represented by Culture Minister Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. The Saudi royal family will be represented by Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz and Princess Fadwa bin Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman. The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, appears to be one of the few Arab royals to actually accept his invitation.

William and Kate might be relieved that at least one of their invites was declined. The invitation of Bahrain’s crown prince raised the ire of human rights groups who said Britain was turning a blind eye to that government's brutal crackdown on opposition protesters. Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa on Sunday officially declined his invite, saying he did not want to tarnish the event.

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