She may not be marrying a prince, like her sister the Duchess of Cambridge, but buzz is Pippa Middleton has been a royal pain while planning her upcoming wedding.
Dubbed ‘Her Royal Hotness’ after her McQueen-clad bottom pulled focus at Kate’s 2011 big day, Middleton, 33, is marrying hedge fund manager James Matthews, 41, on Saturday at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
But despite the rural setting, the bash promises to be anything but a restrained affair.
Middleton is said by UK newspaper The Telegraph to have insisted guests bring a change of clothes.
Word is they are to wear one look to the church—as reported by Vogue, British society weddings demand a conservative dress code including hats and coat dresses for ladies, morning suits for men—then change into a kick-up-one’s-heels outfit for the reception.
One other non-negotiable? Harry has reportedly been told Middleton’s “no ring, no bring” rule means his invitation for the ceremony doesn’t include a plus-one. That means while his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle has an access-all-areas pass to Kensington Palace, her pull with Pippa only extends to a party nod.
But when Markle touched down in London days before the wedding, Vanity Fair reported Middleton had granted the fifth in line to the British throne his wish, and his leading lady will now be at the church too.
Whatever happens, no expense has been spared. For the reception, 300 guests will hit up Carole and Michael Middleton’s family estate in nearby Bucklebury. But there’s no backyard canvas marquee for Pippa.
Preparations this week included the installation of posh portaloos and a giant glass conservatory imported from Belgium for an estimated £100,000 ($A175,000).
After all, the party will be awash with royals, including Kate and William, and their children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who will act as page boy and bridesmaid.
The duchess — who missed out on an official wedding gig — told guest Andrew Bates at a royal garden party this week she’s “a bit worried about how her children might behave. You never know at that age.”
The more worrying factor that might not be able to be controlled, despite Pippa’s rigid planning, is wedding crashers.
St Mark’s is on a private estate, but new Church of England guidance on “celebrity weddings” says ordinary members of the public can attend if they are parishioners or on the local electoral roll.
“I’m sure there will be interest,” said Andrew House, chairman of the parish council for a neighbouring village.
There will also be global curiosity about Pippa’s dress. While details are top secret, British couturier Giles Deacon was recently seen carrying a giant dress bag from her London home after a two-hour visit.
The handmade gown, said an insider, is “very simple, elegant. Very few people have seen the finished thing.”
The dress is said by E! News to have been taken in five times because of the bride’s strict pre-wedding bootcamp.
Her three-month “Bridal Membership” package at London’s Grace Belgravia club included pilates, spinning classes and five weekly sessions with her personal trainer. Said a source,“She hasn’t had a glass of wine in months.”