The nuptials of Pippa Middleton took place in Berkshire today, with her nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte playing starring roles in the wedding. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were there, of course, joined by Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie – and even Roger Federer!
The press were gathered in their droves for the ‘private’ event, but the draw of Royal guests couldn’t keep them away; it was suspected a small number of media photographers would be allowed to wait, but numbers swelled.
Arriving at St Mark’s Church shortly after 11.30am in a vintage car, Pippa wore a lace gown by Giles Deacon, with capped sleeves, a high neckline but a heart-shaped cut out to the back. Her father, walked her into the church to meet fiance James Matthews.
Her veil was a bespoke pearl-embroidered piece from Stephen Jones, and she wore a small custom hair piece (in the design of Maidenhead fern) by Robinson Pellham, the same who made The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding earrings.
Pippa’s bouquet was made of peonies, sweet peas, astilbe, freesias, green bell and alchemilla mollis.
George and Charlotte wore a colour scheme of cream and olive and cream and pink with the other children supporting the wedding: Countess Phillippa hoyos, Lily French, Avia Horner, and Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire, and William Ward. Their outfits came from Pepa & Co, bespoke pieces.
Catherine, the bride’s sister, arrived in peach, with Prince William and Harry coming later as ‘normal’ guests. It was suspected Meghan Markle, Harry’s belle, would be in attendance at the service, but she was not spotted; she will be at the reception later, taking place in the Middleton’s back garden, in a large glass marquee.
Although she wasn’t given an official ‘role’ in Pippa’s big day, the Duchess was clearly acting as a maid of honour, arranging her sister’s dress before she went into the church, and organising the page boys and bridesmaids/flower girls.
Guests came from across high society, including TV anchor Tom Bradby, tennis ace Roger Federer. Some have suggested it is a Scottish themed do, with a number of guests arriving in loud tartan.
At the reception, there is expected to be a fly past of a Spitfire.