the Household Cavalry at Windsor. Martyn, 27, was so badly burned in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2006 that he “died” three times and lost his ears and nose. He was in a coma for three months. Now Kate and William have invited Martyn – who Wills knows by his nickname Compo – to share their big day, alongside 1,900 celebrities, sportsmen, fellow royals and overseas dignitaries. There is also an invitation for Holly Dyer,
30, the sister of 2nd Lt Joanna Dyer who was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Joanna was a close friend of William, 28, at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Berkshire. The Prince was “absolutely devastated” by his friend’s death. Susie Roberts, widow of William’s platoon commander at Sandhurst Major Alexis Roberts, will also be there. Father-of-two
Maj Roberts, known as Lex, was killed in
a bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2007. A friend and mentor to William during his training, the prince remembers him with “great fondness and respect”. Susie’s mother Carol Deans told the Sunday Mirror: “Susie feels so proud to be going to the wedding. She knows that Lex would be very proud too as he had a real bond with William.” William, who attended Major Roberts’ funeral, has stayed in touch with Susie. Carol said: “Susie has been close to William over the past few years and that has been reflected in her invite.” The official guest list was contained in a 95-page briefing released by St James Palace yesterday. Celebrity guests include Victoria and David Beckham, Sir Elton John, director Guy Ritchie, comedian Rowan Atkinson and singer Joss Stone. Others include former English rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward, former PM Sir2020年46期正版特马资料 John Major and official engagement photographer Mario Testino. Sports stars include Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas and Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe. A huge cross-section of politicians, heads of state, religious leaders, charity bosses and old friends – including several former flames of both Wills and Kate – will join the service. Prince Harry’s on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy will be there for the whole day. And all William’s colleagues from his RAF base in Anglese
y, North Wales, will be there to celebrate their colleague’s nuptials.