A date has been confirmed for the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Pippa Middleton and her fiance James Matthews have sent out save-the-dates according to US Magazine notifying guests that the nuptials will be taking place on 20 May 2017.
The wedding, which will be significantly more low-key than the wedding of her sister, the then Kate Middleton to Prince William, will take place at St Mark’s in Englefield, Berkshire, the family’s local village church.
The Middletons are self-made millionaires from their company, Party Pieces. Pippa has used her party planning expertise in the past to publish the book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends and is putting that knowledge to good use planning her own wedding.
The reception will be held at Carole and Michael Middleton’s Bucklebury home seven miles from the church in a luxury marquee set up in the garden.
It is yet to be determined in the Duchess of Cambridge will have a role in her sister’s big day, the two are famously close, yet her children will. Pippa’s niece, Princess Charlotte is expected to be a flower girl and her brother, Prince George will be a page boy.
James Matthews and Pippa had been dating for less than a year when he proposed in the Lake District after reportedly asking for her father’s permission. A statement made on behalf of the couple read: “Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17th July and plan to marry next year.”
Michael Middleton gave his blessing, saying that him and his wife Carole were “absolutely thrilled” with the news.
“They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together,” he added back in July when the news broke of the engagement.