Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ wedding is set to be the shindig of the year.
After all, who else will have Prince George and Princess Charlotte as a pageboy and flower girl at their nuptials in 2017? Exactly.
But what can we expect from this lavish affair? And who exactly is the man Pippa, 33, is set to wed?
Where And When
Pippa and James will tie the knot at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on Saturday 20 May. Although not Westminster Abbey, the 14th century church is set in a rolling private estate just six miles away from Pippa and sister Kate’s family home. Once the ceremony is over, the wedding party will head to the Middletons’ Georgian Grade II-listed manor for a marquee reception.
Pippa and James on Christmas Day 2016 (Photo: Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty)
Who IS James Matthews
If you didn’t know already (where have you been?!), Pippa’s new husband is the older brother of ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Spencer Matthews. Spencer is well in the fold, as he is often spotted hanging out with Kate and Pippa’s bro James too. The sons are heir to their parents’ luxury Caribbean resort, Eden Rock Hotel & Villas in St Barths. Tragically, James and Spencer’s elder brother Michael died during a descent from Mount Everest’s summit aged 22. Spencer previously told ‘Loose Women’ viewers: “I lost my brother when I was 10. He was the youngest Brit to reach Mount Everest and died at 22. He lives on in our family and we celebrate his birthday every year.” The family have set up a charity, called the Michael Matthews Foundation, to fund the building of schools in remote places around the world.
James’ Day Job
James is a multimillionaire Hedge Fund manager. More specifically, he is the chief executive of Eden Rock Capital Management Group (named after his parents’ posh resort). Put it this way, he has oodles of cash.
Who Will Design The Dress
Can Pippa’s wedding gown beat THAT bridesmaid’s dress from sister Kate’s big day? The bride-to-be has not confirmed who has designed her gown, but the fashion world has been taking a punt. Names likely to have been given the task include Jenny Packham, Giles Deacon and Suzanne Neville.
Who Made The Cut
Kensington Palace previously confirmed that Kate Middleton and Prince William will be attending the wedding (obvs), but that Prince Harry will also be among the congregation. It is rumoured that Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been invited to the evening do, though whether she turns up and does the Grease Megamix remains to be seen. Spencer is said to be James’ best man, however it is not known whether his girlfriend, model Vogue Williams, has made the list either.
Second Time Lucky
Pippa and James enjoyed a brief romance in 2012 but remained friends after things fizzled out. James even stood by Pippa during her three-year relationship with her stockbroker ex-boyfriend, Nico Jackson. The couple reunited at the end of 2015 and announced their engagement a year later. It was clearly written in the stars.
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