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High society: Pippa Middleton marries at almost-royal event

/ 09:44 PM May 20, 2017
James Matthews - Pippa Middelton - Kate Middleton - St Mark's Church - 20 May 2017

Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (right) stands with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, following the wedding ceremony of her sister Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England Saturday, May 20, 2017. Pippa (third from left), the sister of Kate, married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte was in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and Princes Harry and William. (Pool photo by JUSTIN TALLIS via AP)

ENGLEFIELD, England — Pippa Middleton, radiant in a custom-made gown, married a wealthy financier Saturday as members of Britain’s royal family, including her sister, looking on.

She and hedge fund manager James Matthews married at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, west of London.

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The wedding party included Prince George, a page boy at 3, and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte, a bridesmaid. Both are the children of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa’s sister.

Prince William and Prince Harry arrived together wearing formal suits. Matthews, smiling broadly, arrived in formal wear.

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Middleton came to the church accompanied by her father Michael in a vintage convertible. She wore a custom wedding gown designed by Giles Deacon, a long veil by prominent hat-maker Stephen Jones, and a tiara. Father and daughter had a quiet moment together before entering the church.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Nick Wynne-Jones. Church bells rang as the couple emerged after their vows.

Tennis star Roger Federer and his wife were among the guests.

Before the wedding, a crowd of well-wishers and reporters gathered outside the church grounds on a day of sporadic rain.

After the ceremony, a lavish private reception is being held at the bride’s parents’ estate in nearby Bucklebury.

The bride’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have had an elaborate glass marquee built on the grounds of their estate for the reception. Guests were advised to bring two outfits so they could change after the wedding ceremony.

The airspace above both villages has been closed to prevent intrusive press crews from flying overhead or launching drones to get video footage.

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There was some speculation that Harry would bring his American girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, to the reception. Their relationship has become serious in recent months, with Harry speaking out to ask the press to respect their privacy.

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