LONDON (AP) — She played a memorable supporting role at sister Kate’s 2011 royal wedding, but Pippa Middleton will take center stage Saturday at what looks to be Britain’s high society event of the year.
The 33-year-old is marrying a wealthy financier at the oh-so-English 12th-century church of St. Mark’s in the village of Englefield, west of London — with a guest list of young A-list royals and reality TV stars looking on.
Prince William, a future king, will be there with his wife Kate, now formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, and their two children, Prince George, 3, and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.
If that isn’t enough to merit a few photographs, there is widespread speculation that Prince Harry will bring his girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle, to showcase their budding romance.
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Here’s what to look for at the almost-royal wedding that is kicking off England’s summer social season in style:
WHO IS SHE MARRYING?
The groom is hedge fund manager James Matthews, who proposed last summer during a trip to England’s scenic Lake District.
They had dated for less than a year — although the couple had briefly been an item in 2012 as well — when he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
The wealthy Matthews has shunned the spotlight, but his brother Spencer Matthews has surely compensated for that and more with his role on the reality TV show “Made in Chelsea.” He is expected to be the best man.
British bookmakers are taking bets on whether Spencer Matthews will be removed from the ceremony, perhaps for making an off-color speech. Paddy Power is offering 33/1 odds against that happening.
WHAT ROLES FOR PRINCE GEORGE AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE?
Prince George will be a page boy and Charlotte — at the tender age of 2 — will be a bridesmaid.
It goes without saying that whatever…