Royalty and tennis stars join family and friends at wedding of Duchess of Cambridge’s sister
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in what’s been called the society wedding of the year, in front of royalty, family and friends have wed.
Saturday’s ceremony was a little less grand in scale than six years earlier, when Middleton was bridesmaid to her sister at Westminster Abbey at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Middleton arrived at the church shortly before midday, accompanied by her dad, Michael, and wearing a bespoke Giles Deacon dress. Made to generate the impression of being seamless, the dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.
Wedding bells rang out just before 12.30pm and the bride and bride groom emerged from the church following a service that had lasted around 45 minutes. The significant downpour that started minutes following the start of the service finished a couple of seconds before the church doors opened.
The couple walked hand-in-hand along the church path led by a group of bridesmaids and young page boys, including Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
Apart from William, Kate and their children, Prince Harry attended.
Royal enthusiasts may have been disappointed though as the younger royal arrived without his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, although there was speculation she would attend the reception.
Matthews’ brother, Spencer, who is best know for his appearances on the reality show Made In Chelsea, was also at the service.
Other guests included the tennis champion Roger Federer and his own wife, Mirka, who walked previous 100 members of the media camped out a short space from the church and hundreds royal fans who descended on Englefield for the wedding.
Details of the service and reception hadn’t been revealed, although Michael and Carole Middleton are believed to get hired a glass marquee for the reception.
Security was given the attendance of several senior royals, who were being protected by their Scotland Yard officers.
No-fly zones, which banned aircraft including balloons, drones, kites and parachutes, were in force over Englefield and Bucklebury until tomorrow.