5 Things We Know About Pippa Middleton’s Upcoming Wedding to James Matthews

posted: 04/21/17
by: Blythe Copeland
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Though neither Pippa Middleton nor her fianc?, hedge fund manager James Matthews, are actually royalty, their upcoming wedding is the closest thing royals-watchers will get (until Prince Harry pops the question). Here's what we know so far.

The Date

According to Hello! magazine, save-the-dates were included with Christmas cards from the bride and groom last year, and Pippa and her mom were seen at London's Mount Street Printers -- possibly shopping for invitations. In early April, the couple confirmed that their wedding would take place on May 20, 2017.

The Place

For the ceremony, they chose St. Mark's Church, Englefield in Berkshire. Rev. Nick Wynne-Jones, the Resident Priest at the church, will officiate. House Beautiful reports that the Middletons have attended the church "for years", and it's the same one where Will, Kate, George, and Charlotte joined them for Christmas services in 2016. After the ceremony, guests will reportedly celebrate the newlyweds during a tented reception at the Middleton's home, Bucklebury Manor.

The Family Involvement

Hoping for a glimpse of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in pint-sized formal wear? You're in luck: The prince will be involved in the wedding as a page boy -- a job that traditionally includes carrying the wedding dress train, and Charlotte will perform her royal duties as one of her aunt's bridesmaids. And while Kate is the obvious choice for maid of honor, she reportedly wants to avoid "stealing her younger sister's thunder", so her role hasn't been confirmed.

The Guest List

Though the wedding almost certainly won't be small by most standards, it's unlikely to match the 1,900 invited guests at Will and Kate's vows. However, in addition to Will, Kate, and Harry, one confirmed guest has been getting more attention than most: actress Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's girlfriend, who's been invited to the reception (but not the ceremony, which allowed only engaged or married plus-ones).

The Proposal

Middleton and Matthews had been dating for less than a year -- but had known each other for a decade -- when he proposed in July 2016 while they were on vacation in the Lake District, reported Hello! magazine. Matthews popped the question with a three carat, Art Deco-inspired Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of smaller stones, likely worth at least $250,000. The ring came from jeweler Robinson Pelham, which also provided Kate's acorn-and-oak-leaf wedding earrings.