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Pippa Middleton's wedding: Everything we know about the big day so far


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May 8, 2017
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Royal Wedding PartyPrince George and Princess Charlotte will have key roles during Pippa’s big day. Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement that George will act as a page boy, and two-year-old Charlotte will be one of her aunt’s bridesmaids during the ceremony being held on May 20.The announcement also confirmed that not only will the Duke and Duchess be present but, Prince Harry will also be among the close family and friends watching as Pippa and James say "I do." Photo: Mark Large/Daily Mail PA Wire/PA Images
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Pippa Middleton has already served as the world's most famous bridesmaid back at her sister Kate Middleton and brother-in-law Prince William's 2011 royal wedding. Now the Heartfelt cookbook author is preparing to walk down the aisle to her own groom, James Matthews. Here is everything we know about the couple's big day. Bachelorette PartyGirls just want to have fun! Pippa was joined by her older sister Kate Middleton for her “hen do.” The sisters reportedly celebrated with a low-key skiing trip in March flying on a private jet (paid for by their parents Carole and Michael Middleton) to Meribel, France. A friend of the bride-to-be told the Sun: "Pippa loves skiing so it was her first choice for a hen weekend. They stayed in a really exclusive catered chalet with maids and a chef, who ensured that they were totally spoilt. The owners also wanted to impress their royal guests so the girls were showered with gifts. They were given Swatch watches, Ugg slippers, leather-bound notebooks and bespoke fragrances. It was a very small, private party and they had an amazing time." Photo: Indigo/Getty Images
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The OfficiantFor their big day, Pippa and James have asked Rev Nick Wynne-Jones to officiate the ceremony. Rev Nick is the resident priest at St Mark’s and was seen greeting Pippa and James after the Middleton family attended Christmas Day service in 2016.Photo: Getty Images
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The PR PowerhouseWhen it comes to handling the public relations side of things, the bride-to-be has enlisted the help of Victoria Beckham’s go-to gal and good friend, Jo Milloy. For the last 12 years, Jo has worked with the former Spice Girls singer in her transition from international pop superstar to respected designer.Photo: Getty Images
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Save the Date & InvitationsIn the spirit of keeping the details low-key, Pippa and James’s guests received their save the date invites inside of their Christmas cards. Though it is unknown if the official wedding notes have been sent out, Pippa has been spotted with her mom Carole at Mount Street Printers, who was awarded a royal Warrant by Prince of Wales in 2011.Photo: Getty Images
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The dress designer? Giles Deacon has been at the top of the list for potential wedding dress designers for Pippa since he was spotted arriving at her house with dresses in November. When it comes to if he has secured the job, Giles remains mum. "I can never really comment on rumors," he told HELLO! Fashion while promoting his new Ariel and Giles Deacon Eek! collection. "Until things are confirmed it's just rumors." One thing he did confirm was his approval for Pippa and her big sister Kate's style. "I think they've both got divine style. They're thoroughly modern girls promoting British brands and looking fantastic." Photo: Getty Images
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Date and PlacePippa Middleton will marry her fiancé James Matthews in a romantic ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017 surrounded by her close family, HELLO! has learned. The society wedding will take place at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire with the reception taking place back at the Middleton's family home in Bucklebury, seven miles away.A source told HELLO! that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister chose the church, which dates back to the 13th century, because it is both pretty and discreet, with one saying: "Pippa is a traditional girl and wanted to marry close to home. There is no particular significance with May 20 – it is just the date that they have decided on." Photo: PA/Getty Images
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The Engaged CoupleThe pair publicly debuted their relationship in July 2016 at Wimbledon - though they were an item long before their courtside date. Pippa and James previously dated in 2012 before rekindling their romance at the end of 2015.Photo: Anthony Devlin PA Wire/PA Images
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The BridePippa, born on September 6, 1983, to Carole and Michael Middleton, is the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister. The party planner was launched into the international spotlight after serving as the maid of honor at Kate’s royal wedding in 2011. Since the news of her engagement to millionaire James came to light, the bride-to-be has found herself at the center of the world’s attention, yet again.Photo: Guibbaud-Mousse-Nebinger-Orban ABACA/PA Images
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The GroomLike his fiancée, James also shares a love for sports. The wealthy businessman, born on August 21, 1975, has competed in various athletic challenges with Pippa. When he's not cycling or running, reality star Spencer Matthews' brother serves as the chief executive officer for the Eden Rock Capital Management Group, which he co-founded.Photo: Anthony Devlin PA Wire/PA Images
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The Wedding PlanningA source close to the cookbook author revealed that she has already started getting the details in order for her big day in 2017. The source told People magazine, “Of course she is super excited and already planning everything." Photo: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA Images
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The Engagement - and Ring!A close friend of the bride-to-be confirmed the pair's engagement to HELLO! in July. After news broke, the newly-engaged pair released a joint statement saying, "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday, July 17 and plan to marry next year." The hedge fund manager James Matthews popped the question to Prince George's aunt during a romantic getaway with a dazzling Art Deco-inspired Asscher cut diamond. The stunning piece of jewelry reportedly cost about $263,000. Following her engagement news, the socialite admitted, “[I] couldn't be happier." Photos: Ian West PA Wire/PA Images/Philip Toscano PA Wire/PA Images
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Royals ReactNo one was happier about Pippa's engagement than her own family. The British Heart Foundation Ambassador's older sister and brother-in-law expressed their joy in a statement via a Kensington Palace spokesperson that said, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are absolutely delighted with the news." Photo: Frank May DPA/PA Images
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Parents of the BrideMichael and Carole Middleton were "thrilled" over their daughter's engagement - though they weren't surprised seeing as "traditionalist" James asked Pippa's father for his permission. Proud dad Michael told reporters that both he and his wife were "absolutely thrilled" by the news. He added, "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together." As he did with Kate, Michael is expected to walk Pippa down the aisle. The Middleton patriarch was a source of strength and reassurance for the Duchess during her 2011 wedding telling Kate, "You look beautiful. It will all be amazing. You'll be fine... I'm proud of you." Photo: Doug Peters Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
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The DressPippa has already wowed in a white Alexander McQueen dress at her sister's nuptials, but it's unclear if the party planner will follow in her sister's footsteps when it comes to her wedding dress designer. While the bride-to-be has yet to reveal who will be designing her gown, you can bet with the author's stylish taste that it is sure to be a stunner.David Emanuel, who co-designed Princess Diana's wedding dress, shared his thoughts on the type of bridal gown Pippa should wear for her big day, suggesting she should do the opposite of her royal sibling. "I personally would put her in something very soft, perhaps chiffon, with a train of course because it's dramatic," David told the Daily Mail. "Possibly a little lace bodice, soft and fluid. I mean, she's got a great shape." He added, "I would say the complete opposite of Kate just so she makes her own statement really. Soft and pretty." Photo: Anwar Hussein EMPICS Entertainment

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