The day a small Berkshire village turned into a catwalk show: Stylish guests descend on Englefield estate for Pippa Middleton’s nuptials
A host of well-heeled guests have descended on the small Berkshire village where Pippa tied the knot with her millionaire boyfriend James Matthews today.
Despite rumours that a Scottish-themed dress code would be in place, guests opted for a dazzling array of eye-catching colours as they arrived at St. Mark’s Church on the private Englefield estate for the ceremony.
Among the first arrivals were Princess Eugenie, 27, and boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, with the bridal party joined by Carole Middleton’s brother Gary Goldsmith and his daughter Tallulah.
A smartly-dressed news anchor Tom Bradby and his wife Claudia were closely followed by members of the press including fashion bible Vogue contributor Serena Hood.
Usher James Middleton’s girlfriend Donna Air waved to well-wishers as she made her way to the 12th-century church, controversially opting for a cream-coloured coat dress by Emilia Wickstead.
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Princess Eugenie, dressed in a navy frock by Paule Ka, is joined by boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at the wedding of the year Paule Ka Navy open-shoulder cotton dress Lady Gabriella Windsor was seen arriving wearing a pale blue dress cut above the knee with a matching formal jacket. She finished the look with a floral hat, purse and heels – all in a matching shade of cream Carole’s brother Gary Goldsmith arrives with daughter Tallulah, wearing a Mary Katrantzou sleeveless number Guests opted for an array of eye-catching colours as they arrived at St. Mark’s Church on the private Englefield estate One stylish guest wowed in a flowing, bohemian dress that matched Pippa’s ‘country vibe’ wedding theme. She offset her look with a pair of trendy Aquazzura heels, which cost around £500 a pop This female guest could be seen in a white floral gown accompanied by a purse, heels and hat – all in a matching shade of pink Other female guests seen arriving at the wedding included these attendants in a purple dress and black jacket (left) and a very brave floral gown (right) One female guest wore a yellow-ish gown with floral detail (left) while another opted for a blue dress with large cuffs (right) This female guest wore a 1960s-inspired dress with flower power detail, large circular glasses and a fascinator Two male guests sported matching tartan trousers as they joined the congregation in Berkshire on Saturday morning One guests made sure all eyes were on her as she plumped for a vibrant ensemble emblazoned with colourful prints. She teamed the look with dazzling bejewelled shoes
She was closely followed by tennis ace Roger Federer as glamorous guests awaited the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and bride Pippa.
Earlier this week, a Green Parlour florist van – the same company that Kate enlisted for the Royal Wedding in 2011 – was seen arriving at St Mark’s Church, which is currently surrounded by a heavy police presence.
The event will be guarded by Scotland Yard royalty protection officers, while airspace above both villages has also been closed to prevent intrusive press crews from flying overhead or launching drones to get video footage.
Pippa’s parents Carole and husband Michael, who met while working at British Airways, are believed to be extremely fond of their future son-in-law and approve of their daughter’s choice.
One glamorous guest donned what appeared to be an expensive Kenzo gown emblazoned with the trendy label’s signature Tiger face. She wrapped up warm in a sharp tailored blazer and displayed a bouncy blow-dry for the occasion Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark’s Church in Englefield ahead of the wedding Female guests donned colourful florals, left, and eye-catching fascinators, right, as they arrived at the church Colourful lace dresses, big hats and eye-catching headgear were the order of the day as the congregation arrived Among the first arrivals was one woman wearing a floral coat dress (left) and a colour-blocking satin number (right) What dress code? Colourful guests dressed in clashing colours included one woman whose ensemble appeared to be inspired by traffic lights (second right) while one female friend opted for purple tartan and a matching hat (far left) The venu dates back to 1190 but was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott (who designed St Pancras station and the Albert memorial) in 1857 Brightly-coloured guests donned bright red tartan trousers while female members of the congregation braved towering heels Here she is! Pippa the bride arrives in a Jaguar with father Michael, wearing a sweeping Giles Deacon gown and veil Pretty in pink: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale pink number as she arrived with Charlotte, two and George, three
Sources have told the Mail that Pippa’s father has been tearing his hair out over the complexity of the arrangements – ‘but he is hugely excited by everything, particularly in giving his youngest daughter away,’ they added.
Yesterday, metal barriers and surveillance cameras were erected around the church as security arrived on the scene just 24 hours before the couple will say their vows.
St. Mark’s Church dates back to 1190 but was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott (who designed St Pancras station and the Albert memorial) in 1857.
The church lies on the Englefield estate, owned by the Benyon family — current incumbent is Richard Benyon MP, richest MP in the House of Commons.