Young royals attend Pippa Middleton's wedding, a beautiful 'gun show'
Six years after she captured the world's attention as a royal bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton has married financier James Matthews - brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer - in a semi-private ceremony.
However, while she stunned the world during her 2011 debut outside London's Westminster Abbey with her physical attributes, on Saturday royal watchers - who were kept a respectful 200 metres away - were fascinated by Middleton's toned biceps peaking out from her designer dress.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge looked every inch the royal bride. Albeit a royal bride with more impressive guns than the British Army and Madonna combined.
The 33-year-old party planner and regular marathon runner opted for a bicep-framing, cap-sleeved, white lace appliqué, full skirted gown by British designer Giles Deacon.
The colour, train and traditional veil had hallmarks of her sister's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown. That was about where the similarities ended.
For her wedding to Prince William in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge wore the royal family's Cartier Halo Scroll tiara complete with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette sparklers. On Saturday her younger sister wore a more modest hair clip in her glossy up-do.
Middleton was flanked by her niece Princess Charlotte, nephew Prince George and a gaggle of other young bridesmaids and pageboys.
The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a bespoke dusty pink Alexander McQueen dress, was on child minding duties while the young royal's nanny, Maria Borrallo, was seated inside for the hour-long ceremony.
The Duchess escorted the youngest members of the bridal party into the 12th Century St Mark's Church in Berkshire, stopping occasionally to tell them to "shh" with her finger pressed to her lips.
George, in beige breeches by Pepa & C, and Charlotte, looking resplendent in a floral garland, were joined by other bridesmaids Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French and Avia Horner. Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire and William Ward were the other pageboys.
The royals have a long history of appearing in wedding parties. Prince William wore a sailor outfit for his duties as pageboy for Prince Andrew's wedding in 1986. While Harry went dressed as an 18th century pageboy for Sir Earl Spencer's wedding in 1989.
The Queen was first a bridesmaid, and wore a similar ensemble and headpiece to Charlotte, in 1934 for the Duke of Kent.
Princes William and Harry arrived at the church on Saturday together. Others guests included Roger Federer and his wife Mirka and Princess Eugenie.
Harry's girlfriend, Suits star Meghan Markle, was noticeably absent.
It is understood she will only attend the private reception which will be held on the Middleton's estate inside in a glass marquee shipped in from Belgium.
- Sydney Morning Herald