Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton arrive in Italy to see Charlie Gilkes tie the knot

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Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton were among the high-profile guests who touched down in Italy on Thursday ahead of Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor's wedding.

Hot on the heels of his 30th birthday celebrations and a night at the cinema with his ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, Harry was reportedly joined by his cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie on an Easyjet flight from London to Puglia – where the bride and groom got engaged.

 

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Harry and Pippa pictured earlier this year


The event will be a family affair for the Middletons too; Pippa, a former flame of Charlie's from their time at Edinburgh University, was spotted in the airport accompanied by her brother James, father Michael Middleton and her boyfriend Nico Jackson.

Pippa's sister the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, was also invited to the wedding with Prince William although given that the Duchess is suffering from acute morning sickness and Prince William is travelling to Malta this weekend, the couple have not been seen in Italy yet.

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It is believed that the society nuptials will take place at the Castle of Monopoli and although few details are known about the actual ceremony, it's thought the celebrations will be lavish as the couple are known for their extravagant parties.

 

 

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Charlie and Anneke are close to the Middleton family and joined them at the river pageant during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012


The groom, who knows Prince Harry from their days at Eton, owns several London restaurants and nightclubs and is the man behind venues including Bunga Bunga and Mr Fogg's, while his wife-to-be Anneke works in PR.

Eugenie is also well connected to Charlie - his brother Alexander is one of the co-founders behind Paddle8, the online auction company she works for in New York.

 

 

 

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Charlie and Anneke have been together for four years

 


Charlie and Anneke got engaged in August 2013 after three years of dating.

The 30-year-old is said to have popped the question at the five-star Masseria Torre Maizza hotel using on a message placed inside a specially crafted fortune cookie.

 

 

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