As Pippa Middleton, younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, prepares to wed financier James Matthews next month, there are two questions weighing on every royal watchers mind: Will the bride’s derrière take centre stage once more? And what roles will her darling niece and nephew play in the highly anticipated wedding?
While we’re still unsure what dress the bride-to-be has picked out for the all-important occasion, we do know that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be taking on starring roles in their aunt‘s wedding!
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Kensington Palace confirmed Monday that George, 3, will join the bridal party as a page boy and Charlotte, who will have just turned 2 years old ahead of the big day, will be a bridesmaid.
Interestingly, Charlotte has been entrusted with the rather grown-up role of bridesmaid--no petal tossing for this young royal!
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The young royal’s uncle, Prince Harry, will also be in attendance. Although, it looks like Harry's longtime girlfriend, Meghan Markle, won't be invited to Pippa Middleton's wedding.
Unfortunately, there’s is still no word on what role Duchess Catherine will take on, however, it is said that the 35-year-old will give a reading during the nuptials. Royal expert Judy Wade previously explained to People that Kate will likely not be her sister’s maid of honor in a bid to try and keep the focus on the bride.
"Kate would upstage her sister [if she were a bridesmaid]," she said. "It's a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible."
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The wedding, set for May 20th at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, will be an intimate 150-guest affair with the reception expected to be held on the grounds of the Middleton family’s Bucklebury home.
“There’s been a lot of speculation that Pippa would get married at her fiancé’s hunting lodge in Scotland or have a massive bash in London. But she’s a traditional girl and just wanted to get married at home,” a source told The Sun.
“Her mom has been very involved in all the wedding planning, and she wants to show off their house to all their friends,” the insider goes on. “Plus, how can you compete with Kate, who got married at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace? This way, Pippa can keep it private and very personal.”
Not long now. All the very best with the final preparations, Pippa!
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Queen Elizabeth was born April 21, 1926. Almost 90 years later Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015. Her great-grandmother has ruled England since 1952.
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