In what the British tabloid media have described as “the wedding of the year,” Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the future queen of England, was married on Saturday in a ceremony attended by the next generation of Britain’s royal family.
Ms. Middleton, 33, who grabbed headlines at the 2011 wedding of her sister Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, dazzled at her own nuptials in a custom-made gown designed by Giles Deacon.
Shortly after Pippa and James left, Kate came by in a grey Range Rover, this time with a personal driver behind the wheel.
Villagers soon began to speculate whether her husband William and little George and Charlotte were hiding behind the car’s tinted back windows.
The wedding guests were all leaving the reception at Englefield Town Hall to commence the party at Carol and Michael’s home on Pease Hill.
The party is expected to carry on all evening with an estimated 350 high-profile guests.
This morning, flanked by her father, Michael Middleton, Pippa beamed with joy as she arrived at the church in a Jaguar Mark V ahead of her vows. Her attentive big sister Kate, who was resplendent in a peach Alexander McQueen dress, Jane Taylor hat and £7,500 Kiki McDonough earrings, was on hand to help arrange her dress as she walked into the church to say her vows.
It may have been their aunt’s big day but Prince George and Princess Charlotte, dressed in Spanish retailer Pepa and Co, managed to steal the limelight from Pippa as they served as page boy and bridesmaid at the society wedding of the year.
Dressed in adorable ensembles, three-year-old George and two-year-old Charlotte stole the hearts of the nation as they put on a charming display at St Mark’s Church in Berkshire.
The bride wed James Matthews, 41, a wealthy financier and former racecar driver, at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield. A reception was scheduled at her parents’ home in nearby Bucklebury.
The wedding party included Ms. Middleton’s nephew, Prince George, 3, who served as a pageboy, and her niece, Princess Charlotte, 2, a bridesmaid.
Details of today’s wedding service, reception and celebrations have been kept under wraps by organisers but there has been speculation that the day is setting Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, back hundreds of thousands of pounds.
An expensive glass marquee has been hired for the evening event, as have vintage cars and modern prestige vehicles – and posh portable toilets.
Reports suggest it will be a lavish affair, with a nod to the groom’s Scottish connections included in his outfit, entertainment and the food, with haggis on the menu along with Scottish lamb and whisky, while there will also be a piper and a Spitfire flypast.