Pippa Middleton weds James Matthews in Englefield

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Royalty and tennis starrings join family and friends at wedding of Duchess of Cambridges sister

Pippa Middleton has married James Matthews in what has been called the society bridal of the year, in front of royalty, family and friends.

Saturdays ceremony was a little less grand in scale than six years earlier, when Middleton was bridesmaid to her sister at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey.

Middleton in her Giles Deacon dress. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/ AP

Middleton and Matthews tied the knot at St Marks church in the village of Englefield, near Reading, in Berkshire with the same mix of famous faces and public intrigue.

Middleton arrived at the church shortly before midday, accompanied by her parent, Michael, and wearing a bespoke Giles Deacon dress. Designed to create the impression of being seamless, the dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.

Wedding bells rang out just before 12.30 pm and the bride and groom originating from the church following a service that had lasted around 45 minutes. The heavy cloudburst that started minutes after the beginning of the service objective a few moments before the church doorways opened.

The couple walked hand-in-hand along the church track led by a group of young page boys and bridesmaids, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate marshalled the children into the classic cars that had brought them to the church as guests filed out and strolled to nearby Englefield House, where it is believed a champagne reception was to be held.

Apart from Kate, William and their children, Prince Harry also attended.

Royal fans may have been disappointed though as the younger royal arrived without his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, although there was speculation she would attend the reception.

Matthews brother, Spencer, who is best know for his appearances on the reality depict Made In Chelsea, was also at the ceremony.

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