Thursday 22 February 2018

Prince George and Princess Charlotte confirmed to take starring roles in Pippa Middleton's wedding

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will take lead roles in Pippa Middleton's wedding. Images: Getty
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will take lead roles in Pippa Middleton's wedding. Images: Getty
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa Middleton (left) attending the the Men's Singles Final during day thirteen of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon
Thou shalt not steal the show: Pippa lends Catherine a hand on her wedding day
Pippa Middleton's engagement ring. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Hannah Furness

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are to take a starring role at the wedding of their aunt, Pippa Middleton, as Kensington Palace announce they will be page boy and bridesmaid.

Princess Charlotte, who will have just celebrated her second birthday, will walk down the aisle with Miss Middleton on May 20th, at St Mark's Church, Englefield.

Prince George, who will turn four in July, will act as page boy as Pippa marries James Matthews, a 41-year-old hedge fund manager.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the wedding, along with Prince Harry, Kensington Palace confirmed.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are pleased to confirm their wedding will take place at St Mark's Church, Englefield, on the morning of 20th May.

"The service will be attended by close family and friends, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Prince George will be a page boy, and Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid."

The statement appears to settle the question of whether the Duchess of Cambridge herself would be a bridesmaid, omitting her name from the list of official duties bestowed on her children.

Miss Middleton, the Duchess' sister, was maid of honour at the Royal wedding in 2011, becoming a household name thanks to admirers of her striking white dress and lively interaction with the Royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada

Her own wedding, to Eton-educated millionaire Mr Matthews, will take place six miles from the village of Bucklebury where she grew up with elder sister Catherine and younger brother James.

The 12th century church is away from prying eyes, on a private estate near Englefield House which is owned by MP Richard Benyon.

After the service, the newlyweds will travel to Carole and Michael Middleton’s home for the reception, expected to be held in a marquee in their 18-acre garden.

Among other guests of honour will be Mr Matthews' parents, David Matthews and Jane Parker, who own the five-star Eden Rock Caribbean hotel in St Barts where they have hosted various members of the Middleton family.

Thou shalt not steal the show: Pippa lends Catherine a hand on her wedding day
Thou shalt not steal the show: Pippa lends Catherine a hand on her wedding day

His brother, reality TV star Spencer Matthews, is also expected to attend as best man.

Resident priest Rev Nick Wynne-Jones will officiate at the wedding ceremony, a spokeswoman at the church said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children were photographed attending the church for the Christmas Day service in 2016 with the Middleton family and Mr Matthews.

The palace said it had no further details on guests and was unable to confirm whether Prince Harry would have a plus one.

Pippa Middleton's engagement ring. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton's engagement ring. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

It has been widely speculated that his girlfriend, the actress Meghan Markle, will not be attending.

Telegraph.co.uk

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