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Prince William to attend society wedding without pregnant Kate

Tomorrow, the Duke of Cambridge will attend the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy, 25, to Thomas van Straubenzee, 30 in Alnwick. Prince William will be attending without his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge because of her impending baby, according to the Daily Telegraph.

St Michael’s Church in Alnwick, where the couple will marry tomorrow.

St Michael’s Church in Alnwick, where the couple will marry tomorrow.

The society wedding will take place tomorrow followed by a reception at Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland (the bride’s parents). In a marginally unexpected twist, the wedding, which is expected to be one of the biggest social events of the year, is to be a ‘community event’, with the Duchess of Northumberland saying she wants the whole community to enjoy the event.

“There will be some high-profile guests, but people have to see everyone… We want local people to feel this is their wedding. This is all about the loyal extended Alnwick family and we really want them to share in it,” Her Grace said to the Northumberland Gazette.

Prince William is good friends with Mr van Straubenzee, though the Northumberlands say that they don’t want the guests to steal the thunder from the bride.

Prince Harry will attend with his brother, and it is expected Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton will also attend.

Gordon Castle, county councillor for Alnwick, said to the Northumberland Gazette: “I am very pleased that the couple have made this decision. The Ducal family are strongly identified with Alnwick and a high-profile wedding of this kind will certainly bring great benefits, including a fair number of very prominent guests.

“It will be an excellent start to the summer season because everybody loves a wedding. Let’s hope Alnwick’s weather doesn’t let them down!”

There will be “10 minutes of amazing fireworks between 10pm and 11pm” at the castle and the Duchess is considering putting catering vans in the Pastures to allow people to enjoy the view.

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