You may be thinking, what is Charlotte waffling on about? Unexpectedly, Kensington Palace released an official statement regarding the wedding confirming it will take place as previously reported on 20 May at St Mark's Church, Englefield. They revealed Prince George will be a page boy and Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid before confirming William, Kate and Harry's attendance on the day.
Below, the full brief statement:
'Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, by then 2, will be attendants at the wedding of their aunt Pippa Middleton to James Matthews, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The wedding will take place at St Mark's Church, Englefield, on Saturday 20th May. The service will be attended by close family and friends, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.'
With all the comings and goings at Pippa and James's London home of late, many were beginning to think the actual wedding date was earlier than suspected, but it seems that's not the case. Certainly, we didn't anticipate an official statement from the Palace confirming George's and Charlotte's roles in the wedding and Harry's attendance. It is not known why the Palace opted to officially announce the information. Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter described the move as " unprecedented. By all means say the Cambridges are going but as it's private why is it being officially announced".
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'The wedding of the year will be officiated by the resident priest of St Mark's, Rev. Nick Wynne-Jones, while the reception will be held at the Middletons' beautiful seven-bedroom family home just seven miles away in Buckberry. The estimated £5.6million home of Michael and Carole Middleton has 18-acres of land, and so could accommodate a marquee to host the festivities.'
Below, the Cambridges and the Middletons arriving at St Mark's on Christmas Day.
The announcement appears to confirm reports Kate will not have an official role in the wedding. More from the Telegraph:
'The statement appears to settle the question of whether the Duchess of Cambridge herself would be a bridesmaid, omitting her name from the list of official duties bestowed on her children.
Miss Middleton, the Duchess' sister, was maid of honour at the Royal wedding in 2011, becoming a household name thanks to admirers of her striking white dress and lively interaction with the Royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony.'
For those asking if we'll see images on the day, the Palace are organising a media facility for the day. Royal photographer Tim Rooke confirmed KP are coordinating media with a limited number of photographers given permission to take photos (it looks it will be what's known as a ROTA arrangement, where a small number of press cover an event and there copy/photos are distributed among various outlets and agencies). There's going to be huge interest in seeing George and Charlotte (who will no doubt be adorably attired) for the first time since Christmas. Charlotte will be just gone two and George almost four.
Prince William served as a page boy at the 1988 wedding of Camila Dunnes.
And of course Kate as a bridesmaid at her Uncle Gary's 1991 wedding. If you haven't seen the candid footage from the day, click here to do so.
Are you excited to see George and Charlotte on the day? What do you think of KP making an official announcement about the wedding?
With less than a fortnight to go until the London Marathon, Kensington Palace confirmed several engagements for William, Kate and Harry during the interim.
The slim wool knit is sold out in Kate's colorway, but remains available (with a 56% discount) at The Outnet in navy and orange. It's also available in very limited sizes in black and navy.
On Wednesday, 19 April the Duchess will will host runners from Team Heads Together at Kensington Palace as they get ready for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Kate will talk to the runners about their reasons for taking part in the marathon and wish them luck with their final preparations. The runners will then take part in a training session with coach Nick Anderson.
The following day, Thursday, 20 April, William, Kate and Harry will officially open the Global Academy in support of Heads Together. They will meet students training to be the next generation of production staff, as flagship stations LBC, Heart and Capital broadcast shows from the new academy in Hayes, Middlesex. The shows will each focus on the mental health of young people, helping to generate conversations with the Heads Together campaign in honour of the visit.
More from the official press release:
'The Global Academy is a state school founded and operated by Global, The Media & Entertainment Group, designed to prepare students for careers in the broadcast and digital media industry, offering academic and vocational training. Ashley Tabor, Global’s Founder & Executive President, came up with the idea of the Global Academy to tackle the skills shortage and lack of diversity across the industry.
The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will visit the Heart Breakfast Show and LBC's Nick Ferrari Show – to see the programme in action and meet students helping to produce the material. They will each visit a classroom, where pupils are learning about the science of sound, the student radio station where pupils are working on a mental wellbeing project, and an audio project listening to EMI’s vinyl recording of early speeches of the royal family.
They will also join a roundtable discussion with Global presenters, LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Heart’s Jamie Theakston & Emma Bunton and Capital’s Roman Kemp, as well as students and people who have taken part in the morning radio shows, talking about the importance of having a conversation about mental health.'
And on Sunday, 23 April the royal trio will be cheering on Heads Together runners at the London Marathon. More than 700 Heads Together runners will take part in this year's London Marathon, raising money and awareness to change the national conversation around mental health. All 39,000+ runners in the event will be given a Heads Together blue headband which they can wear on race day with their own charity vest to help make 2017 the 'mental health marathon'. They will meet a number of the Heads Together runners prior to the race in the Blue Start area, before cheering on runners at various points along the 26.2 mile route. Their Royal Highnesses will then hand out medals to some of the charity runners as they cross the finish line. Prince Harry, as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will make the official presentations to the winners of the elite men, women and wheelchair races. The mass race begins at 10 am.
Prince Harry recorded a video message ahead of the day for those participating in the marathon, saying: "I'm sure it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. William, Catherine and I will be there to cheer you on." Harry added: "You can all play your part in the biggest ever movement for mental health. Together we'll get the whole country talking about mental health. When we get our heads together we can achieve great things."
All 39,000 @LondonMarathon runners will be given a @Heads_Together headband to join #TeamHeadsTogether and end the stigma on Mental Health pic.twitter.com/kAFCcayvXG— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 10, 2017
The BBC has also released details about 'Mind over Marathon', a two-part programme on BBC One which follows a group of 10 runners affected by mental health issues as they prepare to run the marathon. William, Kate and Harry were recorded taking part in a training session and chatting with presenter Nick Knowles for the show. The first part of the documentary will be shown on Thursday, 20 April at 9pm on BBC One, with the second part being broadcast on the following Thursday, 27 April. William will attend a screening of the programme on Tuesday, 18 April.
You can watch the trailer here (with a little appearance from Kate).
Kate's much-loved Monsoon Fleur Wedges have been updated in two new colours for the spring/summer season (with thanks to What Kate Wore). Kate debuted the pair during last year's India-Bhutan tour and has worn them a number of times since.
The Espadrille Wedges come in taupe and navy, retailing for £45. They are described: "The classic court shoe gets a warm-weather spin with our Fleur espadrille wedges. In a sumptuous suede effect with an almond toe." At present, they are available in most sizes at Monsoon.