High fliers set for Pippa's 'wedding of the year'
With royalty as in-laws and a reality TV star rumoured to be the best man, it is little wonder that excited British tabloids have dubbed this weekend's marriage of Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, the wedding of the year.
Throw into the mix the most high-profile appearance yet of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry with his US actress girlfriend and a future British king acting as page boy, Ms Middleton's marriage to financier James Matthews has sparked a press frenzy with papers poring over the wedding plans.
"A £100,000 (€116,000) glass marquee, the best temporary loos money can buy and a Spitfire flypast... we're getting to know a lot about Pippa Middleton's wedding," one newspaper gushed.
Ms Middleton (33) unexpectedly gained global fame when she acted as maid of honour at the 2011 wedding of her sister Kate to Prince William, second in line to the British throne, thanks mainly to the figure-hugging dress she wore for the occasion.
"It's a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that's the right word)... on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," she wrote in introductory comments to a recipe and party planning book she later penned on the back of her new found fame.
Unlike her sister, who married at London's Westminster Abbey, Ms Middleton and Mr Matthews will wed at her local village church, the picturesque St Mark's in the rural village of Englefield, about 80km west of London. William and Kate's son Prince George will act as page boy, and their daughter Princess Charlotte will be one a bridesmaid. Mr Matthews's younger brother Spencer, who starred in the popular British reality TV show 'Made in Chelsea', is expected to be the best man.
Harry, William's younger brother, is due to be accompanied by his girlfriend Meghan Markle, star of TV legal drama 'Suits'.