Pippa to make royal entrance at wedding


PIPPA Middleton will arrive at her fairytale wedding like a queen — in a horse-drawn carriage.

The bride will bring a touch of royal glamour to the wedding of the year with Her Majesty’s favourite mode of transport.

The Duchess of Cambridge will watch as her sister is pulled by locally bred horses past crowds of photographers to St Mark’s Church, in Englefield, Berkshire, to wed James Matthews on Saturday.

One villager told The Sun: “I have heard on good authority that Pippa will be riding in a carriage from Bucklebury to the church in Englefield, just like a princess. A livery yard owner has been told that she will be driven in a carriage to the church.”

media_cameraJames Matthews and Pippa Middleton are set to tie the knot. Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Moments after she steps off, she will bring tears to the eyes of family and friends as she walks through the cosy church’s wooden doors and down the aisle.

The revelation comes as Pippa and mum Carole, 62, yesterday went for lunch at Englefield House — where the canape and drinks reception will be held.

Antique cars were yesterday delivered under tarpaulin to the Elizabethan country mansion — the scene of US reality show I Wanna Marry Harry.

media_cameraThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Buckingham Palace on a 1902 State Landau carriage after their wedding in London on April 29, 2011. Picture: AFP/WPA Pool/Andrew Winning

The move suggests the happy couple may be driven more than nine kilometres back to Bucklebury for the reception.

They may even wish to make use of the cars to cover the 300m to Englefield House from the church — as scattered showers are predicted.

A £100,000 ($174,400) glass marquee imported from Belgium has been erected for the bash at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.

It is then Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle will make an entrance — trying desperately not to upstage the bride.

media_cameraThis is St Mark’s Church in Englefield where Pippa Middleton and James Matthew will tie the knot. Picture: Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images

media_cameraThis is the glass marquee which will be used for the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Picture: Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images

Cops in Bucklebury have told villagers their own policing operation went into overdrive after Meghan’s presence was confirmed.

It is thought the secret service will take care of the stringent security operation for the high profile royals themselves.

But aside from Kate, William and Harry — Meghan’s relationship together with her separate arrival as an evening guest make her a high priority.

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media_cameraActress Meghan Markle began dating Prince Harry last year. Picture: Ray Tamarra/GC Images

A villager told The Sun: “A police officer told all the villagers that once the announcement was made that Meghan was definitely coming, security planning went into overdrive.

“That security has been in evidence in the village and the police said it had been taken up several notches with the announcement because of the media interest in her and her relationship with Prince Harry.

“She has international appeal and there are Spanish film crews in the village. People might come here just because of her.”

media_cameraPrince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William will be at the wedding. Picture: Andrew Parsons — WPA Pool/Getty Images

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “There is nothing for us to comment on for that.”

Pippa is allowing brother James, 30, to attend with his TV star girlfriend Donna Air, despite suggestions of a “no ring, no bring” policy.

But she has banned her husband-to-be’s brother Spencer Matthews from bringing his reality star girlfriend Vogue Williams.

media_cameraPippa Middleton (right) is allowing her brother James Middleton (centre) to bring his girlfriend Donna Air (left) to her wedding. Picture: David M. Benett/Getty Images

The happy couple will tie the knot at St Mark’s Church on a private estate in Berkshire, close to where the Middleton kids were raised, The Sun reports.

Resident priest the Reverend Nick Wynee-Jones will officiate the marriage at the venue, which was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1857.

media_cameraPippa Middleton (right) was her sister Kate’s maid of honour. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

About 150 guests are expected to attend the intimate and historic church, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge themselves.

Some estimates say that there may even be more guests than expected, as the building capacity is 350.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will play star roles in the ceremony as a flower girl and page boy.

media_cameraThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, George and Charlotte, will have starring roles in the ceremony. Picture: Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

Originally published as Pippa to make royal entrance at wedding

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