Harmon E. Kirby, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Togo, attended the White House state dinner for the king of Morocco, accompanied by his wife, Francoise. The guest list in the June 21 Style section was incorrect. (Published 06/22/2000)

There's nothing like a handsome bachelor king to bring out a crowd.

More than 435 guests attended last night's state dinner for King Mohammed VI of Morocco, making it the largest state dinner in White House history. For a democracy, Americans sure go overboard for royalty.

Especially unmarried royalty. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul immediately warmed to the subject. "Being that we're single--"

"--Princess Paula!" interrupted her pal Constance Schwartz.

The massive and eclectic guest list included Hollywood celebrities Teri Garr, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson and Carol Alt, filmmaker Ken Burns, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, sex expert Ruth Westheimer, former White House reporter Helen Thomas, Washington businessman Hani Masri, New York hostess Alice Mason, international fundraiser Esther Coopersmith and law professor Alan Dershowitz.

For most, it was the first glimpse of the dashing 36-year-old king, who is making his first official visit to the United States since assuming the throne last year. His father, King Hassan II, died last July after a 38-year reign.

Mohammed is considered a more modern, hipper king. Last night, for example, he opted for a tuxedo instead of traditional Arab robes. He speaks Arabic, English, French and Spanish and did his doctoral thesis on the European Union. When he's not ruling the country or attending state dinners, he likes golf, Jet Skis and race cars. Older Moroccans hang his picture in their indoor markets; younger ones try to copy his close-cropped haircut. "He's so popular the younger generation call him 'M-6,' " said Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. ambassador to Morocco.

When the monarch tours his country, girls line up in hope of catching a glimpse of the Middle East's most eligible bachelor. Those hoping to catch his eye, however, may be out of luck. International reports hint that the king has already married, secretly. (Embassy officials only say he is not "officially" married.) Last night he was accompanied by his sister, Princess Lalla Meryem.

"I'm sure there's no lack of prospects for him," said William Kennedy Smith.

But the king is here on business. While his father was known for his harsh rule as much as for peace-keeping, Mohammed VI has called for a more open government by releasing political prisoners and promoting advancement for women and help for the poor. The king is using this visit to attract U.S. investors to his country, which has a 20 percent unemployment rate. Most of his younger subjects--70 percent of Morocco's population is under 30--seem to appreciate Mohammed's modern shift, but he faces opposition from an entrenched old guard and from Islamic fundamentalists.

"It is always tough to ascend to the throne after a great and famous king," said Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. "I knew his father very well, and I'm impressed by this young king. He definitely hit the ground running, and I think he made very gutsy decisions. He surprised friends and foes. He's my kind of king."

Last night, President Clinton made clear he was a fan, too.

"No foreign guest is more deserving of a warm welcome here than King Mohammed," Clinton said in his toast. Clinton announced that a scholarship had been created in memory of King Hassan for Moroccan students studying in the United States.

"I am willing to add my capacity and energy to yours," responded Mohammed. Asking everyone to rise, he wished the United States "every success" in promoting peace throughout the world.

But enough of substance. While the king opted for Western dress, the women grabbed the fashion spotlight in traditional gowns. As a gift to Hillary Clinton, Mohammed presented five takchita gowns; the first lady selected a gold lace one for the dinner. Princess Lalla wore a similar gown, accented by a magnificent ruby-and-diamond necklace. Janet Langhart Cohen wore a bright green gown and gold drop earrings she bought during a recent visit in Marrakech. And in honor of the king, Janet Ginsberg selected a red and gold crystal handbag, created by Beverly Hills designer Kathrine Baumann, in the shape of--what else?--a crown.

Chelsea Clinton, wearing a long lavender gown, slipped downstairs to greet friends near the end of the receiving line. The line lasted just under a hour--a record for Clinton's hugs and mugs--but the president was under strict instructions not to launch into a long chat with any of the hundreds of guests. In the waning days of his administration, the guest list grows but face time shrinks.

To accommodate the multitude, dinner was served in a huge tent on the South Lawn. The champagne tent was filled with light- and deep-pink roses on green tablecloths. Guests dined on peppered seared salmon, lemon garlic lamb, warm goat cheese tarts and "A Moroccan Oasis"--an orange sherbet and date parfait molded to resemble a traditional Moroccan structure, accompanied by a hand-painted sugar mural and mint and honey sauce.

Because the king is Muslim, the White House chef was instructed not to use any alcohol in preparing the dishes. The king made his toast with a glass of water.

At Mohammed's request, the evening's entertainment was provided by the soul-funk group Earth, Wind & Fire. Co-founder Maurice White came out of retirement just for this performance. The mandate: Play the group's greatest hits. So the tent rocked with the sounds of "Shining Star," "That's the Way of the World" and "Boogie Wonderland."

"Weren't they great?" Clinton asked the audience after the show, pointing to the original band members, many his own age. "I was thinking: If a grandfather can do this, maybe there's life after politics."

But Paula Abdul was feeling a little left out. "You should have been up there," one fan told the dancer and former Laker Girl.

"Next time, you're not going to stop me from jumping up on that stage," she replied, flicking the train of her pink gown back in place. "Not in this dress, though."

Guest List for White House Dinner

Mohammed VI, king of Morocco

Princess Lalla Meryem

Lalla Soukaina, daughter of Princess Lalla Meryem

Moulay Driss, son of Princess Lalla Meryem

Moulay Abdellah Alaoui, cousin of the king, and Moulay Abdellah Alaoui

Moulay Driss Alaoui, cousin of the king

Mohamed Benaissa, minister of foreign affairs and cooperation

Andre Azoulay, adviser to the king

Mohamed Kabbaj, adviser to the king

Zoulikha Nasri, adviser to the king

Fathallah Oualalou, minister of economy and finance

Alami Tazi, minister of industry, trade and handicrafts

Abderrahman Sbai, minister delegate to the prime minister for national defense

Taib Fassi Fihri, secretary of state for foreign affairs

Nouzha Chekrouni, secretary of state in charge of disabled persons

Mohammed Rochdi Chraibi, director of the cabinet

Hassan Aourid, palace spokesman

Abdallah Maaroufi, ambassador to the United States, and Kathleen Maaroufi

Ahmed Snoussi, ambassador to the United Nations

Abdelouahab Benmansour, historiographer of Morocco

General Abdelaziz Bennani, commander of the southern region

Maj. Gen. Abdelhaq Kadiri, director general of studies and documentation

Brig. Gen. Bouchaib Arroub, general staff of the Royal Armed Forces

Col.-Maj. Hamidou Laanigri, director general of the intelligence

Abdeslam Jaidi, ambassador of the king, and Maria Luisa Jaidi

Abdelhak Merini, director of royal protocol and chancery

Aicha Benhima, lady in waiting to Princess Lalla Meryem

Col.-Maj. Mekki Asraoui, aide-de-camp to the king

Paula Abdul, singer, and Constance Schwartz, National Football League

S. Daniel Abraham, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, and Ewa Abraham

Jill Abramson, New York Times, and Henry L. Griggs III, consultant

Madeleine K. Albright, secretary of state, and Gregory Bowes

Henry Alpert, Spartan Petroleum, and Gerry Alpert, psychotherapist

Carol Alt, model-actress, and Melanie A. Bonvicino, Metro Management Group

Aida Alvarez, administrator, Small Business Administration, and John V. Connorton Jr., lawyer

J. Brady Anderson, Agency for International Development, and Helen Brauner

Michael P. Andrews, Citigroup, and Julie Chrisco, ESPN

Rep. Robert Andrews. (D-N.J.) and Camille Andrews, Rutgers Law School

Kenneth S. Apfel, Social Security Administration, and Caroline Hadley

Felice Axelrod, Mount Sinai NYU Health, and Zachary Axelrod

Bruce Babbitt, secretary of the interior, and Harriet Babbitt, Agency for International Development

William Bader, assistant secretary of state, and Gretta Bader, sculptor

David Beier, adviser to the vice president, and Elizabeth Wright

Jalil Belabbes Taarji, Marrakech Association of Hotel Investors

Seddik Belyamani, Boeing, and Prudence Belyamani

Richard Ben-Veniste, lawyer, and Donna Marie Grell

Naftali Bendavid, Chicago Tribune, and Dara Bendavid, Department of Health and Human Services

Othman Benjelloun, United States-Morocco Council, and Laila Benjelloun

Abdelhak Bennani, WAFABANK

Fathia Bennis, Casablanca Stock Exchange

Samuel Berger, national security adviser, and Susan Berger

Meyer Berman, M.A. Berman Co., and Katia Christine

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the United States

Patti Cadby Birch, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Avna P. Cassinelli

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general, and Cynthia M. Blumenthal

Deborah Branson, attorney, and Lane Michael Luskey, Martin Frost Campaign Committee

Alma Brown, Chevy Chase Bank, and Claude Edward Hitchcock, attorney

L. Carl Brown, Princeton University, and Anne Stokes Brown

Ken Burns, filmmaker, and Joanna Groning

Bill Burton, attorney, and Melissa Burton

Gloria Cabe, Export-Import Bank of the United States, and Piper Starr, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Meredith Cabe, associate counsel to the president, and Peter Hutchins, attorney

Louis Caldera, secretary of the Army, and Eva Caldera

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), and Jeremy Rabinovitz

Lisa Caputo, Women & Co./Citigroup Inc., and Steven Stearns, Salomon Smith Barney

Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.) and Lee Marble, Marble Southern Cookery

James Chace, World Policy Journal, and Joan Bingham, Grove Atlantic Press

Sant Chatwal, Hampshire Hotels and Resorts, and Pardaman Chatwal, Bombay Palace Restaurants

Mourad Cherif, Omnium Nord Africain

James Cohen, real estate developer, and Lauren Chesley Cohen

William Cohen, secretary of defense, and Janet Langhart Cohen

Sophia Collier, Northpoint Technology, and Katherine Reynolds

Esther and Jonathan Coopersmith

Nancy Corzine and Irwin Edlavitch

Ertharin Cousin, Albertson's Inc., and Howlie Rhett Davis, CH2M Hill

Kelly Craighead, deputy assistant to the president, and Shannon Finley

William Daley, secretary of commerce

Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) and Linda Hall Daschle

Dennis A. Davison, attorney, and Barbara B. Davison

John Paul De Joria, John Paul Mitchell Systems, and Eloise Broady De Joria

Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School, and Carolyn Cohen, Harvard Medical School

Charles and Valerie Diker, National Museum of the American Indian

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Deborah Dingell, General Motors Foundation

Carey Dolgin, Allied Surgical Group, and Ellen Steiner Dolgin, attorney

William H. Donaldson, Aetna Inc., and Jane Phillips Donaldson, Phillips Oppenheim Group

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Kimberly Dorgan, American Council of Life Insurers

Edward R. Downe Jr. and Mary Conley Downe

Albert J. Dwoskin, A.J. Dwoskin and Associates, and Lisa Claire Dwoskin

Harland Eastman, former consul general in Tangier, Morocco

Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports, and Susan Saint James Ebersol

Martin Edelman, attorney, and Nancy Edelman, family therapist

Lalla Laila Alaoui Lamdaghri, chief of protocol, U.S. Embassy in Morocco

A. Huda Farouki, Financial Instrument and Investment, and Samia Farouki

Lee Fentress, Octagon, and Diane Fentress

Tilman J. Fertitta, Landry's Seafood Restaurants, and Meredith A. Jones

David Finn, Ruder Finn, and Amy Binder

Hamilton Fish, Public Concern Foundation and the Nation Institute

Sandra Frankel, town supervisor, Brighton, N.J., and Neil A. Frankel, Xerox

Thomas Freedman, senior adviser to the president, and Karin Kullman, special assistant to the president

Mary Mel French, chief of protocol

Thomas Freston, MTV Networks, and Kathleen Freston

Leon Fuerth, national security adviser to the vice president, and Lynn Fuerth

Edward M. Gabriel, ambassador to Morocco, and Kathleen Linehan

Teri Garr, actress

Mohamed Ali Ghanam, SOMACA

Marc Charles Ginsberg, former ambassador to Morocco, and Janet Ginsberg

Hershel W. Gober, deputy secretary of veterans affairs, and Mary Lou Keener, Department of Defense

Daniel S. Goldin, administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Judith Goldin

Armando Gomez, United Airlines, and William Kennedy Smith

Gen. John A. Gordon, deputy director of Central Intelligence Agency, and Marilyn Gordon

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and Leslie Peyton Gordon

Robert F. and Faith Lehrman

Edward S. Green, attorney, and Joan F. Green

Roberta Greene, Save America's Treasures, and Patrick H.H. McCarthy III

Janice B. Griffin, Griffin and Associates, and Arthur R. Collins, Public-Private Partnership

Michael Gustin, Lone Star Energy, and Cynthia Gustin

Maximino and Jenifer Gutmann

William R. Hambrecht, W.R. Hambrecht and Co., and Sarah Pigman Hambrecht

Mohamed Hassad, Royal Air Maroc

Gamal Helal, senior adviser to the special Middle East coordinator, and Rafah Helal

Thomas Hoag, Hill and Knowlton USA, and Sandra Hoag

Richard Hofflich, counsel to the king

Ray R. Irani, Occidental Petroleum, and Ghada Irani

Jill Iscol and Kenneth Iscol

Asna Jaidi, kingdom of Morocco

Rabea Jaidi, kingdom of Morocco

Lynette Jennings, Lynette Jennings Designs, and Jan-Paul Waldin

Driss Jettou, ONA

Broderick Johnson, deputy assistant to the president, and Michele Johnson, ABC News

Joel Johnson, senior adviser to the president, and Miriam Johnson

Cathy Kangas, president, HideAway Group, and Edward M. Sion, Villanova University

James E. Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president, and Nancy Kennedy

Sen. Robert J. Kerrey (D-Neb.)

Abdellatif Kriem, charge de mission at the private secretariat of the king

Fayal Laaraichi, Moroccan Television

Marc Lacey, New York Times, and Omaira Lacey

Abderrahim Lahjouji, General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco

Rep. Ray H. LaHood (R-Ill.) and Kathleen Irene LaHood

Barry Landau, television film producer, and Lynn Furstenberg

Gary J. LaPaille, Montgomery Watson Engineering, and Christine LaPaille, National Governors' Association

Yusef A. Lateef, musician, and Tahira Lateef, teacher

Thomas H. Lee, Thomas H. Lee Co., and Ann G. Tenenbaum

Bruce Lindsey, deputy counsel to the president, and Dawn V. Woollen, special assistant to the deputy counsel

Joseph Lockhart, assistant to the president and White House press secretary, and Laura Logan

Mrs. Russell Long

Robert L. Mallett, deputy secretary of commerce, and Terri Mallett

Robert Malley, special assistant to the president for Arab-Israeli affairs, and Caroline Brown, attorney

John P. Manning, Boston Capital Corp., and Lyle Howland

Yassine Mansouri, Maghreb Arab Press

William P. Marshall, deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president, and Leslie Hitch, Edvisors Inc.

Alice Mason, Alice F. Mason Ltd., and Dominique Richard, Alice F. Mason Ltd.

Hani Masri, Capital Investment Management, and Cheryl Masri

Mary Stuart Masterson, filmmaker, and Damon G. Santostefano, director

Col.-Maj. Abdelghani Mathqal, physician to the king

Garry Mauro, Fannie Mae, and Cristina Wait Mauro

Rep. Karen McCarthy (D-Mo.), and Phil Ramone, Phil Ramone Inc.

William T. McCormick Jr., CMS Energy, and Ann McCormick

Ann McCoy, special assistant to the president and director of personal correspondence, and Grady McCoy, special assistant to the commissioner of public buildings service

Robert McGee, Occidental International, and Mary Louise McGee, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Garry K. McGuire Sr., Lucent Technologies, and Cherie McGuire

Garry K. McGuire Jr., Enterasys Networks

Allison Charlotte Storr, James Irvine Foundation

William Barrett McGurn III, American Chamber of Commerce in France, and Catherine McGurn

David G. Mengebier, CMS Energy, and Molly Mengebier

Robert B. Menschel, Goldman Sachs Group, and Joyce F. Menschel, Metropolitan Museum of Art

John Merrigan, Democratic Business Council, and Mariana Cruz Gonzalez

Cheryl Mills, Oxygen Media, and David Domenici, Maya Angelou Public Charter School

Husam Misleh, American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine, and Rima Misleh

Arshad Mohammed, Reuters, and Zeba Mohammed Rasmussen

Edward Montgomery, deputy secretary, Department of Labor, and Kari Montgomery

Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) and Stephene Moore

Doug Morris, Universal Music Group, and Monique Morris

Lissa Muscatine, director of communications to the first lady, and Bradley Graham, The Washington Post

Thomas A. Nassif, former ambassador to Morocco, and Zinetta Nassif

Marc Nathanson, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and David Nathanson, News Corp.

Richard Parker, Middle East Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, and Jeanne Parker

Jay Kumar Patel, National Federation of Indian-American Associations, and Jyotsna Patel

Lisa Perry, New York, and Richard Perry, Perry Capital

Anthony T. Podesta, Podesta.com, and Delia A. Cohen, deputy director, White House Correspondence Department

John Podesta, chief of staff to the president, and Megan Rouse, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Lester Pollack, Centre Partners Management, and Geraldine Pollack

Philippa S. Polskin and Howard W. Polskin

Steven Protulis, National Council of Senior Citizens, and Dorinda Fox, NSCERC

Bobby Rahal, motorsports, and Debi Rahal

Joseph Verner Reed, undersecretary general of the United Nations and former ambassador to Morocco, and Harmon E. Kirby

Ray Reggie, Media Direct, and Mary Michelle Reggie

Steven Ricchetti, deputy chief of staff to the president, and Amy Blanchard

Max I. Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Monique Maniet, Veterinary Holistic Care

Bruce Riedel, senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs, National Security Council, and Elizabeth McCullen

Richard Riley, secretary of education, and Tunky Riley

Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Sharon Robinson, Major League Baseball

Stuart W. Rockwell, former ambassador to Morocco, and Rosalind Rockwell

Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ken.), and Cynthia Rogers

Richard Rominger, deputy secretary, Department of Agriculture, and Isi Siddiqui, senior trade adviser to the secretary of agriculture

Robert Rosen, White House advance office director, and Jessica Gibson

Jack Rosen, American Jewish Congress, and Phyllis Rosen

Dennis Ross, special Middle East coordinator, and Deborah Ross

Kenneth Rothaus, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Weill Center, and Paula Rothaus, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Alan Rothenberg and Georgina Rothenberg

Alfred Rotondaro, National Italian American Foundation, Kathleen Rotondaro, Quadel Consulting Corp.

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Carolyn Rush

Noureddine Sail, 2M Channel

David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Ellen Weiss, National Public Radio

Lloyd M. Sara, dentist, and Lisa Sara

Cristophe Schatteman, Cristophe Hair Salon, and Deborah P. Herbst

Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times, and Narda Catharine Zacchino, Los Angeles Times

Eric Schmidt, Novell Inc., and Wendy Schmidt

George A. Smathers and Louis Long Jr.

Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins and Snyder Communications Inc., and Tanya Snyder

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.)

Juliet Sorensen and Benjamin Jones

Ted Sorensen, attorney, and Gillian Martin Sorensen, U.N. assistant secretary general

Mary Steenburgen, actor, Ted Danson, actor

Phil Stefani, Phil Stefani Restaurants, and Karen Stefani, Avanti Boutique

James Steinberg, deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs, and Sherburne Abbott, National Academies Board on Sustainable Development

David Steiner, Steiner Equities Group, and Sylvia Steiner

Lawrence H. Summers, secretary of the treasury, and Victoria Perry Summers

John Sykes, VH1, and Laurie Sykes

Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Betty Ann Tanner

Helen Thomas, former reporter, United Press International, and Tim Jenkins, attorney

Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) and Gwen Towns

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, George Washington University, and Francine Trachtenberg, WETA

Susan Trees, Washington, and Roger Lee Cossack, CNN

Ann Walker Marchant, Shandwick International, and George H. Walker III, Opportunity Systems Inc.

Edward S. Walker Jr., assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Wendy Walker

Mark Walsh, VerticalNet Inc., and Polly Vail

Vernon Walters, former ambassador to the United Nations and Germany, and Ariston Adams

Raul Walters, Raul Walters Properties, and Vicki Walters

Mark S. Weiner, Financial Innovations Inc., and Susan Weiner

Togo D. West Jr., secretary of veterans affairs, and Gail Berry West, Armstrong World Industries

Ruth Westheimer, New York, and Werner Gundersheimer, Folger Shakespeare Library

Margaret Whillock, deputy director of the White House visitors office, and Carl S. Whillock, special assistant to the president for agricultural trade

Sean Wilentz, Princeton University, and Christine Stansell, Princeton University

Anthony A. Williams, mayor, District of Columbia, and Diane Simmons Williams

Maggie Williams, former chief of staff to the first lady, and William Barrett, State Department

Karen E. Williamson, AmeriChoice Health Services, and Peter Woolfolk, Department of Education

Frank G. Wisner, former ambassador to India, Egypt and the Philippines, and Christine Wisner

I. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University, and Marie-Daniele Zartman

James J. Zogby, Arab American Institute, and Eileen P. Zogby