Pippa Middleton weds financier in star-studded ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate (right), with her children George and Charlotte, after the wedding of her sister Pippa Middleton to Mr James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, yesterday. The duchess' mother Carole Middleton is
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate (right), with her children George and Charlotte, after the wedding of her sister Pippa Middleton to Mr James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, yesterday. The duchess' mother Carole Middleton is on the left. The bride had earlier arrived with her father Michael at the church in a Jaguar Mark V open-top car.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

ENGLEFIELD (Berkshire) • After turning heads at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William, Ms Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride yesterday at a star-studded wedding in an English country church.

The 33-year-old married financier James Matthews, 41, in a ceremony attended by members of the royal family and celebrities as she wore a couture dress by British designer Giles Deacon.

Ms Middleton made headlines around the world in a figure-hugging bridesmaid's dress at Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011.

Her svelte figure, the back of which was captured by many a camera, drew a joke from the Daily Star newspaper, which wrote "Rear comes the bride".

Prince William, the second in line to the throne, arrived with his brother Harry at St Mark's Church in Englefield, a quiet rural village west of London near the Middleton family home.

Prince William's wife, now Duchess of Cambridge, took charge of their two children, three-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, who were among eight young page boys and bridesmaids.

The bride arrived with her father Michael in a Jaguar Mark V open-top car, wearing a high-necked, capped-sleeved dress with a corseted bodice and sweeping skirt, worn with a veil by milliner Stephen Jones.

She received a cheer from around 100 local residents and well-wishers from the village who were invited to watch the event from the green in front of the church.

The presence of so many senior royals means security around the village was tight, and no-fly zones were imposed around the area.

Local residents were reportedly given wristbands and asked to carry identification.

Royal fans hoping for a dash of Hollywood were left in the cold with the absence of Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle at the church. But she was reportedly due to attend the evening event.

Prince Harry's love life is a source of much speculation, prompting him to issue a rare warning to the media last year not to harass Ms Markle.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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