Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Kate, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, was married in a small English country church on Saturday surrounded by royals. The 33-year-old was wearing a stunning Giles Deacon dress, which was hand-crafted in London. It was constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline, and a corseted bodice with draping to the front.
Of the dress, Deacon, who shows during the London Fashion Week calendar and during the couture shows in Paris in the past, said: “I was thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress. It was constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline and features a corseted bodice with draping to the front and a heart-shaped detail at the back. The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams.'"
The event had been at risk of being overshadowed by the most high-profile appearance yet of Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle. But the U.S. actress failed to appear before cameras. Kate Middleton, the unofficial maid of honor, wore a blush Alexander McQueen dress. Three-year-old Prince George, third in line to the throne after grandfather Charles and father William, took a starring role with his younger sister as attendants to the bride.
Middleton, 33, who married financier James Matthews, arrived in an open-top car accompanied by her father, smiling broadly and waving to crowds gathered near St. Mark's church in Englefield, about 50 miles west of London.
Prince William walked up to the church accompanied by younger brother Harry. Celebrity guests included 18-times grand slam tennis champion Roger Federer and the fashion editor of British Vogue magazine.
Security was tight amid a media frenzy in which #PippasWedding was trending on social media but guests were forbidden from sharing pictures there.
Tabloids have focused on details such as a rumored Spitfire flypast and a 100,000 pound ($130,000) glass marquee erected specially for the reception at the Middleton's home in the nearby village of Bucklebury.
Ferocious interest also centered on Markle, star of the TV legal drama "Suits", whose relationship with Prince Harry was made public last November.