Friday 18 August 2017

Roger Federer among guests to arrive at church ahead of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, for the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
James Middleton (R), brother of the bride, walks with his mother Carole Middleton as they attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. Pippa Middleton hit the headlines with a figure-hugging outfit at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William but now the world-famous bridesmaid is becoming a bride herself. Once again, all eyes will be on her dress as the 33-year-old marries financier James Matthews on Saturday at a lavish society wedding where William and Kate's children will play starring roles. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Justin TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
James Middleton (R), brother of the bride, walks with his mother Carole Middleton as they attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Justin TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Donna Air waves to the waiting crowds as she arrives ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Donna Air arrives ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Tennis star Roger Federer and his wife Mirka are among the guests to arrive at St Mark's Church in Englefield, ahead of the much anticipated wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa is set to wed her millionaire groom at 11.30am and A-list guests have descended on the usually serene village of Englefield for the celebrations.

The mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, has also arrived ahead of the ceremony, walking arm in arm with her son, James Middleton.

Presenter and actress Donna Air is also among the celebrity guests gathering in the small village, accompanying her boyfriend, the brother of the bride James Middleton to the service.

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Princess Eugenie is being accompanied to the service by her partner Jack Brookbank,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be making their way to the church, having left London in the last hour, bound for Englefield earlier this morning.

Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brookbank arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire
Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brookbank arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire

Meanwhile, the usually serene village of Englefield has been overrun by TV satellite vans and wedding well-wishers clad in neon-orange fedora hats and Union Jack flags.

Meryl Elizabeth Evans, in her 60s, travelled from South Wales to witness the "wedding of the year" between Pippa Middleton and financier James Matthews at St Mark's Church.

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

She said: "We didn't get here till nine, and we thought we wouldn't be able to see anything. But there weren't too many people - we didn't have to fight our way in.

"It's a nice atmosphere, everybody's friendly, it's just a nice country feel to it."

Mrs Evans said she was most looking forward to spotting the guests' attire, and said: "I'd love to see the fashion - the clothes, the hats and the fascinators. But they'll all be in cars so we'll probably see it on TV.

"We've met people from around the world, and the camera crews are from everywhere. It is the wedding of the year, isn't it?"

Donna Air waves to the waiting crowds as she arrives ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Donna Air waves to the waiting crowds as she arrives ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Mrs Evans, who also visited the church on Friday, noted the secretive atmosphere among the locals.

She told the Press Association: "We went to one of the villages nearby and they weren't excited. I don't know if they'll bother coming here.

"We wish the newlyweds all the best and let's hope that the weather stays nice for them."

Among the frenzied media babble stood royal fan Sandra Shaw, who arrived brightly dressed for the occasion in a neon-orange T-shirt and hat, and a Union Jack flag.

The 55-year-old, who drove from Warrington in Cheshire, said: "I didn't look at the mileage, but it took us three-and-a-half hours to get here.

"I'm excited to see the younger royals more than the older ones."

Ms Shaw said she was hoping to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will star as a pageboy and bridesmaid, despite worries about their behaviour expressed by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Her sartorial choice was driven by the toddlers, who she hoped might wave as they spotted her standout outfit.

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