The in­ter­na­tional jet set high­light the cou­ple’sso­cial net­work

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Roy­als, sheikhs, su­per­mod­els and Rus­sian oli­garchs – Eu­ge­nie and Jack’s star-stud­ded con­gre­ga­tion ce­ments the royal cou­ple at the heart of the in­ter­na­tional jet set. More in­clu­sive than Harry and Meghan’s nup­tials, the York guests list in­cluded 37 royal rel­a­tives com­pared to the 34 in­vited in May. There was also a gen­er­ous nod to for­eign roy­alty with Crown Prince Pav­los of Greece, his wife Marie-Chan­tal and daugh­ter Maria-Olympia all seated in the quire along­side his brother Prince Philip­pos and mem­bers of the Hanove­rian royal fam­ily.

The in­clu­sion of the Crown Prince of Bahrain will raise an eye­brow af­ter the Duke of York’s friend­ship with the King of Bahrain at­tracted neg­a­tive head­lines due to the regime’s track record on hu­man rights.

An ap­pear­ance by the gun smug­gler Tarek Kaituni, once a con­fi­dante of Colonel Gaddafi, is also likely to call An­drew’s judg­ment into ques­tion. The Libyan “fixer” was jailed in 2005 for at­tempt­ing to smug­gle a ma­chine gun from Hol­land to France af­ter spend­ing a year in jail for pos­ses­sion of drugs in Tu­nisia, and once pre­sented Eu­ge­nie’s older sis­ter Princess Beatrice with a £18,000 neck­lace at her 21st birth­day party in Spain in Au­gust 2009.

Qatari rulers Sheikh Ha­mad, Sheikh Suhaim and Sheikh Fa­had also made it on to the guest list, also a re­flec­tion of the Duke of York’s Mid­dle-East­ern ties. An­other con­tro­ver­sial in­clu­sion was Richard Liu, the JD.com chief ex­ec­u­tive, whose friend was jailed last week for rap­ing a model he took to a Sydney din­ner party hosted by the Chi­nese bil­lion­aire.

The fab­u­lously ti­tled Erbprinz and Erbprinzessin Oet­tin­gen-Oet­tin­gen und Oet­tin­gen-Spiel­berg, who were also in­vited to the Sus­sexes’ and the Cam­bridges’ big days, rep­re­sented the Royal fam­ily’s Bavar­ian con­nec­tions. The von Bis­marck dy­nasty was also well ac­counted for, not least thanks to Kate Moss’s re­la­tion­ship with Count Niko­lai, 14 years her ju­nior.

As soon as a ner­vous Sarah, Duchess of York took her place in the royal pews, she sought out a fa­mil­iar face op­po­site – her sis­ter Jane Fer­gu­son, who was joined by her boyfriend, ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist Ramin Marzbani. An­drew Fer­gu­son, Fergie’s half- brother, was also given a front-row seat along­side his fi­ancé Florence Hill as well as her nieces and their fam­i­lies.

Prime po­si­tion was also given to Manuel Fer­nan­dez, the hand­some Span­ish in­ter­net ty­coon to whom the Duchess has been ro­man­ti­cally linked for sev­eral years.

In­deed, the Duchess’s fin­ger­prints are in ev­i­dence through­out the St George’s Chapel seat­ing plan, seen by The Sun­day Tele­graph. She has been friends with Naomi Camp­bell for years thanks to their in­volve­ment in the Fash­ion For Relief char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tive. Fel­low cat­walk star Moss, who at­tended with her daugh­ter Lila, is also a long-term friend, hav­ing been in­tro­duced by the late Sir David Tang, the Hong Kong busi­ness­man best known for found­ing the fash­ion la­bel Shang­hai Tang and re­garded as one of the best con­nected men in Lon­don. Tang’s widow Lucy and son Ed­ward were both on the guest list. Vogue ed­i­tor-in-chief Mark Guiducci also got the call up in the ab­sence of ed­i­tor Ed­ward En­nin­ful.

Demi Moore was there be­cause her beau Eric Buter­baugh is an old friend of Fergie’s. Ricky Martin was there be­cause his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion has links with the anti-slav­ery work Eu­ge­nie has been work­ing on.

Speak­ing of Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters, where were the Clooneys? As a founder of Casami­gos, the tequila brand which em­ploys the groom as Eu­ro­pean brand am­bas­sador, George and his wife Amal had been ex­pected to do a re­peat ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing their pres­ence at Harry and Meghan’s cel­e­bra­tions. In fact, Mrs Clooney was at­tend­ing the Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence for Women and her hus­band de­liv­ered a speech at­tack­ing Don­ald Trump at Va­ri­ety’s Power of Women lunch in Los An­ge­les.

The cream of Bri­tish show­busi­ness was also well rep­re­sented, with singer Rob­bie Wil­liams and his wife Ayda Field not only given two of the best seats in the house but the hon­our of their daugh­ter Theodora act­ing as brides­maid. Wil­liams first met

Princess Eu­ge­nie, along with her sis­ter Beatrice and mother when they were on hol­i­day in the Caribbean in 2011. Since then, they have all grown in­cred­i­bly close.

The co­me­dian Jimmy Carr and his girl­friend Karo­line Cop­ping have been on hol­i­day with the happy cou­ple and were once spot­ted hav­ing din­ner to­gether at Roka in May­fair. Sim­i­larly, Cara and Poppy, the Dele­vi­gne sis­ters, have long been a part of the York sis­ters’ so­cial cir­cle, while Stephen Fry, El­lie Gould­ing and James Blunt now ap­pear more ubiq­ui­tous at royal oc­ca­sions than Joanna Lum­ley.

Al­though Jack White­hall, Jamie Red­knapp and Richard Ba­con all tweeted about their at­ten­dance – there is no record of them on the seat­ing plan, sug­gest­ing they were in the cheap seats along with en­tre­pre­neur Nick Candy and his wife Holly Valance, who were spot­ted out­side but not named among the VIPs. White­hall’s younger sis­ter Molly did make it on to the main list as a for­mer class­mate of the bride at Marl­bor­ough Col­lege along with fel­low alumna the Duchess of Cam­bridge, her sis­ter Pippa, who ar­rived heav­ily preg­nant, with hus­band James Matthews and brother James Mid­dle­ton.

On Jack’s side of the quire were old class­mates from Stowe School, Alex Farr and Rory Chich­ester, friends Wil­liam Gayner and Mad­die Ch­ester­ton, the polo player Char­lie Han­bury and his wife Yoanna Otto, daugh­ter of Princess Anna Oet­tin­gen-Wall er stein, and Vis­count Er leigh, one of Prince Harry’s clos­est friends.

In­deed the cross­over be­tween Eu­ge­nie and Harry’s friends is plain to see in the guest list (the cousins are de­scribed as “thick as thieves”), with the Duke’s close com­pan­ion Tom “Skippy” In­skip and his wife Laura also mak­ing it onto the power-player pews. Fel­low guests Harry Went­worth-Stan­ley and Su­sanna War­ren are also good friends of Harry. Even Meghan’s bestie, the stylist Misha Nonoo, made it on to the list along with David Beck­ham’s clos­est friend Dave Gard­ner and his girl­friend Liv Tyler.

For­eign roy­alty in­cluded Crown Princess Marie Chan­tal and Crown Prince Pav­los of Greece, with their daugh­ter Princess Maria-Olympia

Lila Moss, Naomi Camp­bell, Kate Moss and Demi Moore, above; right, Sarah, Duchess of York, with her hair­dressers Pa­trik Lern­berger and Mat­tias Stafs­ing

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