Will Queen Elizabeth Be At Pippa Middleton's Wedding? It's Not That Kind Of Royal Event
The big day is almost here. On Saturday, May 20, Pippa Middleton will marry James Matthews. Seeing as her sister, Kate Middleton is married to Prince William, one might be wondering if Queen Elizabeth II will be at Pippa Middleton's wedding. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn't look like the Queen is planning on making an appearance at the nuptials.
According to ABC News, palace officials said that Queen Elizabeth will not be at Middleton's wedding in any capacity. The news outlet also reports that Prince Charles and his wife, Camila, aren't planning on attending the highly-discussed event. ABC News made it clear it's unknown if any of them were actually invited or not. The New York Times also reported that the Queen isn't expected to attend.
The Queen's husband, Prince Philip, probably won't be there, either. First of all, if she doesn't go, then why would he? Also, in early May, Kensington Palace announced Philip's retirement, which officially goes into effect sometime in the fall of 2017. Seeing as he's winding things down and is ready to take a break, it doesn't seem likely that he'd attend Middleton's wedding. His retirement announcement read:
Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen. Thereafter, The duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.
Middleton and Matthews' guest list is something that's been kept under wraps. Of course, Kate, William, Prince Harry, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will all be part of the special day. As for Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, well, there's a good chance she will be at both the ceremony and the reception.
It was previously reported that the Suits actor was only invited to the reception, due to a supposed "no bring no ring" rule Middleton chose to use. The policy is reportedly a way for Kate's sister to limit the guest list and keep her day intimate by only allowing married and engaged couples to attend. Though, Markle may be the exception to the rule.
As for the Queen, it would be great if she were to surprise everyone and show up. She's just all-around fantastic. Plus, her outfits are always on point.