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Taste of Scotland comes to Middle England as Pippa and James get ready to tie the knot

By Scott D'Arcy

Organisers and villagers are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the society wedding of the year as preparations enter the final hours.

The nuptials of Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and financier James Matthews will take place in a quiet village in Berkshire today, and the finer points of the event have been a closely-guarded secret.

Reports suggest it will be a lavish affair, with a nod to the groom's Scottish connections included in his outfit, entertainment and the food. According to the Daily Mail, the menu will include haggis canapes, Scottish lamb and whisky, while there will also be a piper and a Spitfire flypast.

"There is no comment on the wedding detail, it is a private event," a spokeswoman for event organisers Fait Accompli said.

A spokeswoman for Table Talk, which is reportedly catering for the event, added: "I'm afraid we are not allowed to comment." The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be among the guests, and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will play starring roles as a page boy and a bridesmaid.

Prince Harry will also be sitting among the congregation, but royal-watchers will be waiting to see if he brings his American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

Kate's controversial uncle, Gary Goldsmith, who was a guest at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 wedding, is also said to be attending.

James Matthews' brother, Spencer Matthews, a reality TV star who was a regular in the show Made In Chelsea, is likely to be best man.

Security is expected to be tight with several senior royals attending, guarded as usual by Scotland Yard royalty protection officers.

No-fly zones, banning aircraft including drones, balloons, kites and parachutes, have been imposed over Bucklebury and Englefield villages from 6am yesterday to 3pm tomorrow.

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