Pippa Middleton wedding: Royals and celebrities at ceremony


May 20, 2017 | 9:52 pm

Pippa Middleton wedding: Royals and celebrities at ceremony

  • 20 May 2017

Media captionSee the highlights from Pippa Middleton’s wedding

Guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

Miss Middleton, 33, who is the younger sister of the duchess, married 41-year-old Mr Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

The bride was accompanied by her father, Michael, as they arrived shortly after 11:15 BST for the 45-minute ceremony.

The church is a few miles from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.

There was strict security in place on the estate, with villagers being asked to carry ID on the day, and asked not to speak to the press.

But the bride received a rousing cheer from around 100 royal fans and residents as she arrived.

Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, and Roger Federer and his wife Mirka were among the guests at the church.

James Matthews and Pippa MiddletonImage copyrightPA
Prince GeorgeImage copyrightPA
Duchess of Cambridge stands with her daughter, Princess Charlotte, and the other bridesmaids and page boysImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe Duchess of Cambridge stood with her daughter, Princess Charlotte, and the other bridesmaids and page boys as she waited for her sister to arrive
Pippa Middleton in her wedding carImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe bride arrived with her father in a 1951 Jaguar Mk V car

The heavy downpour that started minutes after the beginning of the service ended a few moments before the church doors opened.

Wedding bells rang out just before 12.30 BST as the new husband and wife walked hand in hand along the church path.

Guests filed out and walked to nearby Englefield House, where it is believed a champagne reception is being held.

Pippa Middleton in her wedding veilImage copyrightAFP
The Duchess of Cambridge adjusting Pippa Middleton's dressImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe Duchess of Cambridge wore a blush pink dress by Alexander McQueen – the designer she chose for her own wedding gown

Miss Middleton wore a bespoke Giles Deacon dress, said to be crafted to create the impression of being seamless.

The dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.

David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress and hosts Say Yes to the Dress UK, called the gown “simple and pretty”.

“I predicted it would be soft and pretty and very English, which it is,” he said.

The bride’s nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were page boy and flower girl.

Actress Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s girlfriend, is also reportedly in the UK but was not seen among the guests at the church.

Prince George, a page boy and princess Charlotte, a bridesmaid.Image copyrightAFP
Image captionPrince George was a page boy and his sister, Princess Charlotte, was a bridesmaid
The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter, Princess CharlotteImage copyrightREUTERS
Prince George and Princess Charlotte with other page boys and a flower girlImage copyrightAFP

The BBC’s Adele Tobe in Englefield

Pippa Middleton was driven to St Mark’s Church alongside her father in a vintage 1951 Jaguar car. They shared a few words and then walked up to the church door to be greeted by the very excited bridesmaids and pageboys which included Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

A group of local well-wishers were allowed to come close to the church and were able to see all the guests arrive – including tennis star, Roger Federer.

Less than an hour later, the pair left the church as husband and wife.

They posed for photographs before leading their guests – by foot – through the park back to Englefield House for a reception, before carrying on to their party at Pippa’s parents’ house in Bucklebury.

Prince William and Prince HarryImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPrinces William and Harry were among the invited guests

The best man was reality TV star Spencer Matthews, the groom’s 28-year-old younger brother.

Miss Middleton’s diamond engagement ring is reported to have cost £250,000 – nearly 10 times the budget for the average wedding day.

But details of the couple’s wedding bands have not been revealed.

Princess EugenieImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPrincess Eugenie attended the ceremony with her partner Jack Brooksbank
Spencer Matthews, brother of the groom, greets Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince HarryImage copyrightAFP
Image captionReality TV star Spencer Matthews is brother of the groom and best man
James Middleton, brother of the bride, walks with his mother Carole Middleton as they attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James MatthewsImage copyrightAFP
Image captionJames Middleton, brother of the bride, accompanied his mother Carole Middleton as they arrived at church

Englefield resident Elizabeth Mary Reeves sported a silver wristband with the wedding date 20.05.17 printed on, given exclusively to locals who were let into the private church grounds to get a better look.

She said of the bride: “She stood and waved and looked just lovely. As all brides do, they glow, no matter how expensive their dress is.

“She looked absolutely beautiful.”

The 68-year-old, whose daughter and son married at the same church, said the bride and groom looked “very happy” as they waved to the small crowd gathered on the church green.

“(Prince) George was waving, (Princess) Charlotte was waving and Kate stooped next to them.

“I just love it. I think it’s so good for the village, so good for the country, and it just gives it a happy mood and we need a happy mood.”

Roger Federer and his wife MirkaImage copyrightAFP
Image captionRoger Federer and his wife Mirka were among the guests
Wedding guestsImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe guests were dressed in a colourful array of outfits

After the ceremony, guests will celebrate the marriage in a large glass marquee, erected on the Middleton family’s property.

Among the members of the public who gathered in the village was Meryl Elizabeth Evans, from south Wales.

“It’s a nice atmosphere, everybody’s friendly, it’s just a nice country feel to it,” she said.

“We’ve met people from around the world, and the camera crews are from everywhere. It is the wedding of the year, isn’t it?”

St Mark's ChurchImage copyrightPA
Image captionSt Mark’s Church is situated on private land