Pippa Middleton’s Wedding: Everything We Know About the Social Event of the Year
It may not be a royal wedding, but as British high-society events go, Pippa Middleton’s nuptials to financier/millionaire James Matthews will be the social event of the season.
This spring (specifically, Saturday, May 20), all eyes will be on Kate Middleton’s younger sister, especially since the “no ring, no bring” debacle surrounding the impending ceremony. But while every so often we hear more wedding details being revealed, some of the big questions are still left unanswered. What is Pippa going to wear? Will Meghan Markle be attending? What will big sis Kate wear? Oh, the questions!
While we count down the days to the official ceremony, we track down everything there is to know about the wedding of the year. Consider this the only guide you’ll need to Pippa Middleton’s wedding.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are part of the wedding party
It looks like our favourite royal kiddos will have a role in the wedding. According to a statement released by Kensington Palace, Prince George will be a page boy, while soon-to-be two-year-old Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid.
The bride and groom’s famous siblings will be part of the bridal party, too.
We already know that Kate is set to be maid of honour, while James Middleton will possibly be an usher. As for the best man, we hear it’s going to be the groom’s brother, Spencer Matthews. In case you’re not up to date on the British reality TV scene, Spencer is a TV personality and starred in shows like Made in Chelsea and the British version of The Bachelor.
Meghan Markle will attend the wedding, but there is a catch
ICYMI: there were rumours of Pippa instating a “no ring, no bring” policy that may or may not have been directed at Prince Harry’s new lady, Meghan Markle. While Kensington Palace has confirmed Prince Harry’s attendance, given that the wedding is supposed to be super-intimate and there is no news that Meghan and Pippa’s paths have crossed, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Suits star was cut from the list. However, sources are now saying Markle might be able to attend the post-ceremony reception, as it is a less formal event compared to the wedding ceremony. Until we see the new couple hand-in-hand, we’re holding our breath.
Pippa and James will say “I do” in her hometown
The duo is set to marry in Pippa’s hometown at St. Mark’s church in Englefield, Berkshire, and officiated by the resident priest Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones. If you recall, the Middleton clan (including Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte) were there this past Christmas for the annual service.
The reception will take place in the Middleton family’s backyard
According to The Telegraph, the reception will take place seven miles away from the church at the Middleton family estate in Bucklebury, Berkshire, which conveniently has a huge marquee and an 18-acre garden.
Pippa and Kate already celebrated her bachelorette party.
Remember when videos of Prince William flexing his dad dance moves at a Swiss club leaked and people were furious that the royal missed out on the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey? Well, it looks like he wasn’t the only one partying. According to The Sun, Kate and Pippa flew to a luxury chalet in Meribel, France, to go skiing to celebrate the bride-to-be’s under-the-radar hen do (read: bachelorette party) that same weekend.
Her wedding dress will be designed by…
Rumour has it British fashion designer Giles Deacon was spotted visiting Pippa and her mother Carole’s home carrying big garment bags. However, with Kate’s close relationship with Sarah Burton and Pippa causing a social media uproar in her Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress at the 2011 royal wedding, who really knows?
As the big day nears and more details are disclosed, we’ll be sure to keep you posted right here. Check back often for more updates!