The wedding today of Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward is expected to gather together the usual clot of royals. But some well-known names associated with the family were not invited, according to USA Today. Conspicuously absent will be the groom's ex-sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson. So as not to upset the queen, of course, Prince Charles's significant other, Camilla Parker Bowles, will also stay away.
The guest list of 600 includes Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife, Cherie, and musical director Andrew Lloyd Webber, Edward's onetime boss. The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC and televised on several U.S. cable networks.
To create a more relaxed atmosphere, women guests are being told to go hatless during the 45-minute ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The bridesmaids and pageboys are reportedly all commoners, and at the buffet-style dinner, VIPs, lower-level royals and friends of the couple will all line up together for the food.
Edward, who prefers to be known unroyally as Edward Windsor, is co-owner of a TV production firm. Rhys-Jones is co-owner of a public relations agency.
Reno on Parkinson's
Attorney General Janet Reno talked candidly yesterday about dealing with Parkinson's disease, an illness that causes uncontrollable trembling. She says it doesn't bother her and shouldn't bother others.
At her weekly news conference, Reno told reporters that the shaking started with her left arm and has spread to her right one. She said, "Some days . . . when you all have stressed me out or Congress has stressed me out, the hand just sits there like that. And other days, it shakes. I can't figure out what it does and why it does it."
Aides to Reno said she has cut down on her medication, which reduces the trembling, because she does not like some of the side effects.
There is no cure for Parkinson's disease.
Body Found After Hole Concert
A 19-year-old girl was found dead at a concert of Courtney Love's band Hole after a rock festival in Sweden, officials said yesterday.
The body of the girl, whose identity was not revealed, was found off to the side of the crowd not far from the stage after Thursday night's concert, police said. "It's not clear yet how she died. She was probably crushed by the crowd," said a police officer in the southern Swedish town of Hultsfred, the site of the festival.
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, newscaster Maria Shriver and rocker Jon Bon Jovi will participate in the opening ceremony for the 10th Special Olympics World Summer Games. Funnyman Billy Crystal will host the event, to be held June 26 in Raleigh, N.C.
More than 7,000 athletes from 150 countries attend; Schwarzenegger and Shriver are expected to introduce them as they enter the stadium. Bon Jovi, a longtime Special Olympics supporter, is expected to march in with the New Jersey delegation.
Rock band Sugar Ray will perform during the opening ceremonies, and the Rev. Billy Graham will offer the invocation. Shriver's mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics more than 30 years ago.
CAPTION: United they stand: Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward at last week's Trooping the Color ceremony.