Pippa Middleton confirms wedding church and Prince George as pageboy – but is Meghan Markle going?

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

It has been confirmed that Pippa Middleton will wed hedge fund manager fiancé James Matthews at St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on 20 May.

The intimate spring nuptials will be a stark contrast to Middleton's sister Kate's wedding to Prince William in 2011, which took place at Westminster Abbey in front of nearly 2,000 guests. The quintessentially English church is nearby the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, where the reception will be taking place.

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The inside of St Marks' church, which was built in the 12th century, is traditional and spacious and is just six miles from where Middleton grew up. It is on a private estate owned by Conservative MP Richard Benyon. Middleton and Matthews were pictured at the church where they will tie the knot during a morning service on Christmas Day 2016.

The service will be attended by close family and friends, such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Prince George, three, will be a pageboy, and Princess Charlotte, who will have just turned two, will be a bridesmaid.

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Former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews – the groom's younger brother – will be the best man. Middleton is reported to want a small, intimate "family" wedding of 150 guests when she weds Matthews, and has even implemented a "no ring, no bring" policy.

This means that guests who are not married or engaged cannot bring a plus one, leading to rumours that Meghan Markle and Matthews' glamorous TV star girlfriend Vogue Williams have been banned due to threats of stealing the bride's thunder.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Royal expert Phil Dampier previously told IBTimes UK: "I very much doubt that she wants to ban her from coming. Having said that I think Pippa will want a relatively low-key wedding so most of it will be out of sight."

Middleton – who was the Duchess of Cambridge's maid of honour at the royal wedding – made headlines across the globe thanks to her form-fitting dress and shapely derriere on her sister's big day, with many believing she upstaged the royal.

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The reception – held in the Middleton's back garden – will also be an intimate affair. According to E!, the family home is a Georgian Grade II-listed manor house.

Middleton's bachelorette party took place in March this year, with the 33-year-old opting to go skiing with her sister Kate and a few close friends at the French resort Méribel.

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Kate Middleton's role at the wedding is set to be a small one, according to reports. The 35-year-old duchess will perhaps give a short reading during the ceremony rather than be a maid of honour or bridesmaid, so that she will not detract from the bride, royal experts cite.

It has been rumoured that Middleton's dress will be created by British fashion designer Giles Deacon, who was spotted meeting her in November 2016. He told Hello! magazine at the time: "I can never really comment on rumours. Until things are confirmed it's just rumours." It has also been claimed that duchess-favourite designer Jenny Packham and Victoria Beckham could be making Middleton's wedding dress.

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