Pippa Middleton is engaged. Congratulations are in order for her and James Matthews. The couple got engaged during their romantic getaway to Lake District over the weekend.
The news has been confirmed by a close friend of the couple. Now let’s look at some of the details of this highly-anticipated wedding!
Pippa’s family is beyond delighted:
Pippa, 32, had no inclination about James popping the question to her during their romantic break. It was reported previously that the 40-year-old hedge fund businessman would propose to his lady love at St Bart’s, where his parents own the exclusive Eden Rock Hotel in September.
Pippa’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton as well as her older sister Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William are very happy with the news. A Kensington Palace spokesman said that Kate and William were “absolutely delighted” for Pippa and James, Daily Mail reports.
“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17 July and plan to marry next year,” said a statement released to PA by the couple.
Pippa’s engagement ring is a stunner:
The brunette beauty debuted her mega-carat sparkler as she left James’ home in the Chelsea neighborhood, which she shares with him.
Pippa wanted her engagement ring to take center stage and hence opted for a white lace dress, which is already sold out now. The former columnist’s octagonal-shaped ring has a huge diamond in the center, set in a halo of smaller diamonds, Hello reports.
Who the jeweler is is still unknown. Kate’s engagement ring was once owned by her mother-in-law Princess Diana, and is a vintage one.
James Matthews is the groom many people can only dream of:
Pippa and James dated previously in 2012, and then rekindled their romance towards the end of 2015, after the former broke up with her ex-boyfriend Nico Jackson.
James is the older brother of Spencer Matthews, the “Made In Chelsea” star.
The dashing 40-year-old is the co-founder of Eden Rock Capital Management Group, and is the CEO of the company.
Like Pippa’s brother-in-law Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, James also went to Eton College, an all-boys boarding school.
He and Pippa share a love of sport and have been pictured together at several sporting events like the London to Brighton charity bike ride and the 47-mile Otillo swim-run.
James is close to Pippa and Kate’s younger brother James Middleton, 28, and his girlfriend Donna Air.
James had another brother Michael, who died tragically at the age of 22 while on his way down from Mount Everest. He had become the youngest Brit to reach the summit of Mount Everest before his death.
His family instituted the Michael Matthews Foundation, which provides education to children and also builds schools in remote areas.
James wanted to have everything in order like taking the permission of his would-be-bride’s father Michael, before proposing to her.
James Matthews & Pippa Middleton’s wedding will be the biggest society event of 2017:
As early as now, several questions and speculations have been raised. Will Pippa’s older sister Kate be the maid-of-honor?
Will Prince George play the role of a page-boy at his Aunt’s wedding? Princess Charlotte will make an adorable flower girl.
James Mathews’ younger brother Spencer, may play the role of best man.
Pippa’s favorite designers include Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley, Jenny Packham and Tabitha Webb to name a few. But, it remains to be seen whether Pippa chooses a British designer for her all-important wedding gown.
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