Pippa Middleton occupies an enviable position in the
British royalty universe. Unlike her sister, Kate Middleton, she’s not tethered to the customs and obligations that accompany being the queen-to-be. But, like her sister, she still has access to star-studded soirees, high fashion, and stellar vacations.
We already saw Pippa in a stunning white dress when Kate married Will in 2011.
Now, with the announcement of her wedding, Pippa will debut her very own gown on May 20. Given Pippa's social status — combined with her fiancé's wealth — it's set to be quite an affair.
From the groom’s backstory to the dress details, here’s absolutely everything we could rummage up about Pippa’s bash. We better enjoy this, because we’ll be waiting until Prince Harry ties the knot before we can indulge our obsession with British royalty to this degree again.
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Pippa is marrying James Matthews, the CEO of Eden Rock Capital Management Group, a hedge fund. The 41-year-old financier is reportedly worth $2.6 billion. But before he was a billionaire, he was a professional race car driver.
While the pair previously dated in 2012, they rekindled their romance in 2016.
In July 2016, Matthews whisked Middleton away to England’s Lake District to propose. Appropriately, the picturesque region is where the classic British romantic novel
Pride and Prejudice took place. May Pippa and James be as wonderful as the book's couple, Elizabeth and Darcy. Karwai Tang / Contributor More
Pippa’s ring finger must be significantly heavier since her engagement. Matthews proposed with a $260,000 ring with an Art Deco design. The ring features a large Asscher cut diamond centerpiece surrounded by an octagonal halo of diamonds.
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Unlike her sister, who got married in Westminster Abbey, Pippa will marry James Matthews at
in Englefield, Berkshire. The church is near Middleton’s childhood home, and it’s also where Prince George and Princess Charlotte each attended their first Christmas church ceremonies. St. Mark’s Church
After the ceremony on May 20, the festivities will continue at Pippa’s family home in Bucklebury.
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Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen gown was especially designed to elicit a "princess moment" for the royal family's newcomer.
Pippa’s dress, on the other hand, won’t be used as a symbol of royalty — meaning she can choose just about whatever she wants. While we won’t know what Pippa is wearing until May 20, we can assume it’ll be a dress as unforgettable as Kate's.
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Before the big day, Pippa and James will unwind at the Matthews’ family luxury hotel, Eden Rock, in St Barths. In fact, James derived his hedge fund’s name — Eden Rock — from his family’s hotel.
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The Guest List
The 150-person guest list will include tennis player Roger Federer and professional adventurer Ben Fogle, in addition to the usual royals.
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The Starring Roles
Drumroll, please. Your favorite royal tots, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be a part of the wedding party. George will be a pageboy, and Charlotte will be a bridesmaid — though we doubt she’ll stay up for the Bachelorette party.
Talullah Middleton, Pippa’s 14-year-old cousin and daughter of the Middleton family black sheep, will also be a bridesmaid.
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The Sisterly Duties
While Kate will definitely be in attendance, it’s unconfirmed whether she’ll be Pippa’s maid of honor.
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The Meghan Markle Hoopla
After much speculation,
. While Pippa’s wedding invitation specified that guests could only bring spouses and fiancés along, Harry's girlfriend is the exception to the “no ring, no bling” rule. Markle will attend the post-church party at the Middleton family estate. the answer is yes — with a catch Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Anne Hathaway Worried That She Had "Internalized Misogyny" While Filming This Movie Which Female Rapper Represents Your Zodiac Sign? Three Former Bachelorette Contestants Are Now Roommates