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Pippa Middleton wedding: Duchess of Cambridge's sister weds James Matthews

The society wedding of the year has seen Pippa Middleton wed James Matthews in front of royalty, family and friends.

A quiet corner of the Berkshire countryside was transformed into a major social occasion for the nuptials of the bride and groom who exchanged vows in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and former Wimbledon tennis champion Roger Federer.

Earlier Pippa looked radiant when she stepped from an open-topped vintage Jaguar wearing a bespoke Giles Deacon wedding gown, crafted to create the impression of being seamless.

The dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.

Beside her was beaming father Michael who took his youngest daughter's hand and walked her into St Mark's church, in Englefield, Berkshire, where mother Carole met them at the entrance.

Big sister Kate played a vital role and ensured her younger sibling looked her best for her big day. She rearranged her train and other parts of her dress before she made her procession into St Mark's.

But royal fans were left disappointed as there was no Meghan Markle among the guests, with William and Harry arriving together on foot.

There is speculation she may make it to the wedding reception later being staged at the Middleton family home in nearby Bucklebury.

Royal watchers were cheered by the sight of Prince George and Princess Charlotte with the other pageboys and bridesmaids who arrived in classic cars.

Other guests included the groom's brother, former Made In Chelsea regular and reality television personality Spencer Matthews, Pippa's controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith and Princess Eugenie.

The bride and groom emerged from the church following a service that lasted around 45 minutes - and were blessed by the weather.

The heavy downpour that started minutes after the beginning of the service ended a few moments before the church doors opened.

With a peal of bells ringing out across the Berkshire countryside, they walked hand in hand slowly along the church path. In touching scenes in front of them, the group of young page boys and bridesmaids led the way.

The husband and wife could not help smiling and, as they reached the main gates of St Mark's, they paused as the young children played around them. They then kissed for the waiting press who were gathered nearby.

Kate continued her role as big sister and marshalled the young bridesmaids and page boys into the classic cars that had brought them to the church as guests filed out and walked to nearby Englefield House, where it is believed a champagne reception will be held.

SLEEPY ENGLISH VILLAGE COMES ALIVE

On a Saturday unlike any other, the usually serene village of Englefield has been overrun by TV satellite vans and wedding well-wishers clad in neon-orange fedora hats and Union flags.

Meryl Elizabeth Evans, in her 60s, travelled from South Wales to witness the "wedding of the year" between Pippa Middleton and financier James Matthews at St Mark's Church.

She said: "We didn't get here till nine, and we thought we wouldn't be able to see anything. But there weren't too many people - we didn't have to fight our way in.

"It's a nice atmosphere, everybody's friendly, it's just a nice country feel to it."

Mrs Evans said she was most looking forward to spotting the guests' attire, and said: "I'd love to see the fashion - the clothes, the hats and the fascinators. But they'll all be in cars so we'll probably see it on TV.

"We've met people from around the world, and the camera crews are from everywhere. It is the wedding of the year, isn't it?"

Mrs Evans, who also visited the church on Friday, noted the secretive atmosphere among the locals.

She told the Press Association: "We went to one of the villages nearby and they weren't excited. I don't know if they'll bother coming here.

"We wish the newlyweds all the best and let's hope that the weather stays nice for them."

Among the frenzied media babble stood royal fan Sandra Shaw, who arrived brightly dressed for the occasion in a neon-orange T-shirt and hat, and a Union Jack flag.

The 55-year-old, who drove from Warrington in Cheshire, said: "I didn't look at the mileage, but it took us three-and-a-half hours to get here.

"I'm excited to see the younger royals more than the older ones."

Ms Shaw said she was hoping to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will star as a pageboy and bridesmaid, despite worries about their behaviour expressed by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Her sartorial choice was driven by the toddlers, who she hoped might wave as they spotted her standout outfit.

A stream of Range Rovers, BMWs and Mercedes Benz cars offloaded fashionable guests adorned with fascinator hats in full view of the world's media.

A few Englefield locals were given prime position inside the private church grounds to witness the parade of friends and family walking up the church path.

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