As several media outlets are reporting today, the British monarchy has finally announced the guest list for next week’s wedding between Prince William, future heir to the British throne after his father Charles takes his turn, and Kate Middleton. As a youth, Middleton was a competitive swimmer (and by most accounts a pretty good one), but she won’t be the only connection to our sport at the Royal Wedding that has dominated the headlines the past few weeks.
Aside from the standard attendees (members of the Royal family, heads of European monarchies, etc.) the celebrity-friendly couple have invited several prominent athletes, including 9-time Aussie Olympic medalist Ian Thorpe. He will be in good sporting company, as soccer player David Beckham is also on the confirmed guest list. Thorpe and Prince William met at a function last year.