Pippa Middleton and James Matthews plan 2017 wedding
Pippa Middleton and her fiance James Matthews have shared their delight at their engagement and revealed they plan to marry next year.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister and her future husband will wed in 2017 – in what is set to be one of the most talked about society weddings since William and Kate tied the knot five years ago.
“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17th July and plan to marry next year,” they said in a statement released to the Press Association.
The smiling bride-to-be showed off her sparkling diamond engagement ring as she was pictured leaving her house.
Hedge fund boss Mr Matthews got down on bended knee during a trip to the Lake District at the weekend to propose to Pippa.
The couple have been dating for less than a year, but had moved in together and were last week seen at Wimbledon enjoying the tennis. A thrilled Pippa was said to have been totally surprised by the proposal.
On Monday night, Pippa’s ring finger was bare when she stepped out at the Frost Summer Party Fundraiser which raises money for the British Heart Foundation’s Miles Frost Fund, but on Tuesday morning she was seen wearing the large diamond, surrounded by smaller diamonds.
Pippa leapt into the public consciousness in 2011 when she was her sister’s bridesmaid in a figure-hugging Alexander McQueen dress at the royal wedding.
Royal watchers are expecting Prince George and Princess Charlotte to play an important role – as page boy and flower girl, while Kate looks set to be her sister’s matron of honour.
Pippa’s father, Michael Middleton, said he and his wife Carole were “absolutely thrilled” with the news.
“They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together,” he said.