Color us excited because plans for Britain's next nearly-royal wedding are officially underway and the big day is slated for May 2017. Mark your calendars! Cancel all your plans! And get ready to check yes on that RSVP card for Pippa Middleton's wedding. The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge is currently figuring out the big day details of her wedding to fiancé James Matthews and we have all the deets — including how the bride's royal sis won't be a bridesmaid in the ceremony. Wait, what?!
This past summer, Middleton's longtime love, financier James Matthews, popped the question with a vintage-inspired three-carat engagement ring featuring an octagonal-shaped halo. "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are delighted to announce that they became engaged on Sunday, July 17, and plan to marry next year," the couple said in a short joint statement. And now comes the newest royal revelation that the couple is planning to tie the knot less than a year after that ring was slipped on Middleton's finger.
According to Vogue, Middleton will be walking down the aisle at St. Mark's, her local church in Englefield, Berkshire. And after the "I dos," the newlyweds' 150 guests will retreat to the backyard garden of the bride's parents for sweet, at-home wedding reception. We're counting down the days as we speak!
But back to that ceremony... Apparently, the Duchess of Cambridge isn't planning on standing by her sister's side as a bridesmaid when she says her vows. In case you've forgotten (and if so, shame on you!), Middleton wowed the world when she was a bridesmaid at the Royal Wedding between the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William back in 2011. Sure, she wasn't the star of the show and spent the day holding and fluffing the bride-to-be's long train, but didn't Middleton look fabulous in her Sarah Burton for Alexandra McQueen white sheath while doing so? But it sounds like her sister won't be repaying the favor...
According to Vogue, royal experts are speculating that having the future Queen of England walk down the aisle would cause a bit of spectacle, so the Duchess is reportedly opting to take a backseat at Middleton's upcoming "I dos." But that doesn't mean that this wedding party will be totally devoid of royalty. Rumor has it that Prince Willam and the Duchess' little ones, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be taking on pageboy and flower girl duties at their aunt's nuptials. And they were worried about the Duchess stealing the show??!!