Saturday 21 September 2019

The date, the dress and the guestlist: Inside Pippa Middleton's 'traditional' wedding

Maid of honour Philippa Middleton and Margarita Armstrong-Jones (R) smile as they travel in a Semi-State Landau in London after the wedding service for Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011
Maid of honour Philippa Middleton and Margarita Armstrong-Jones (R) smile as they travel in a Semi-State Landau in London after the wedding service for Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, as pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are reportedly among 3,000 images stolen from Miss Middleton by computer hackers
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
Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge goes for a run outside her London home a day after she announced her engagement to financier James Matthews. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Pippa and James Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Pippa Middleton attends the BGC Annual Global Charity Day at Canary Wharf on September 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Philippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton and Maid of honour arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and her sister, on April 29, 2011.
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)
Pippa Middleton and James Middleton Finish the London To Brighton Bike Ride For British Heart Foundation on June 21, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton and fiancé James Matthews attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race with fiancé James Matthews on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, who was christened at Sandringham on Sunday Photo: Mario Testino / Art Partner
Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge goes for a run outside her London home a day after she announced her engagement to financier James Matthews. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton successfully completed the 54KM / 33 mile course from Rena to Lillehammer in 5 hours 58 minutes to raise awareness for The UK's National Skier's and Boarder's Charity Disability Snowsport UK.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Details of Pippa Middleton's whirlwind wedding have emerged and it's shaping up to be one to remember.

The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister will wed hedge fund manager James Matthews (29) next May in a surprisingly low-key ceremony near the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.

Pippa (33), a columnist with Waitrose magazine, will exchange vows on May 20 in front of 100 select guests at St Mark's Church in Berkshire  before descending on her parents Michael and Carole's home for a lavish reception, according to Hello! magazine.

It's believed they chose the church not only for its sentimental value, but also for the privacy its surrounding property offers.

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
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

"Pippa is a traditional girl and wanted to marry close to home. They appreciate there will be significant interest with the wedding but want to keep it as private as possible," a source told the magazine.

As for the guestlist, her sister Kate and Prince William will be front and centre, but there are conflicting reports about the role Kate would play in her sister's wedding - namely that if the princess repaid the favour as her sister's maid of honour, she would undoubtedly steal the spotlight from the bride.

Pippa's niece Princess Charlotte and nephew Prince George will undoubtedly take centre stage on the big day as they're expected to be flowergirl and page boy.

Meanwhile, the groom-to-be's younger brother Spencer, who shot to fame as Made in Chelsea's resident lothario, is tipped to be best man, which would undoubtedly make for the most interesting bridal party at a celebrity wedding in decades.

Pippa Middleton and fiancé James Matthews attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race with fiancé James Matthews on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton and fiancé James Matthews attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race with fiancé James Matthews on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Prince Harry will also be invited as the pair became acquainted during the royal wedding in 2011 where they both held key roles in the bridal party, but there is no word yet as to whether or not his girlfriend of eight months Meghan Markle will be joining him.

Since being thrust into the global spotlight in 2011, Pippa said she has learned to adjust with overnight superstardom but understands her fiancé's struggles with life in the public eye.

She described having to develop "quite a thick skin" to deal with the glare that can occasionally be "unnerving".

"I guess it's become the new normal for us. It means there are factors we have to weigh up and think about, but we try not to let it affect us," she said.

Philippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton and Maid of honour arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and her sister, on April 29, 2011.
Philippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton and Maid of honour arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and her sister, on April 29, 2011.

"I try not to be too sensitive about things because it's just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn't affect me."

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