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Posted at 7:25 AM ET, 02/14/2011

William and Kate's wedding party announced

By Autumn Brewington

[Updated: 3:02 p.m.]

Finally, some official wedding news!

The palace has announced Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding party: As was widely expected, William's younger brother, Prince Harry, will be best man at the April 29 royal wedding. Kate's younger sister, Pippa, will be her maid of honor.

The decision that Harry will be his brother's "best man" is a slight break with tradition; when the princes' father married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, his younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward accompanied him as his "supporters."

Diana's sisters were not part of the 1981 wedding party, but the queen's younger sister, Princess Margaret, was her chief bridesmaid at her 1947 wedding.

The rest of William and Kate's wedding party, and their ages as of the wedding day, based on the statement from Prince Charles's household:

* Lady Louise Windsor, 7
(Lady Louise is William's cousin: the daughter of the queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, whose official titles are earl and countess of Wessex.)

* The Honorable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8
(Margarita is a second cousin of Prince William's: the daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley, who are the son and daughter-in-law of the queen's late sister, Princess Margaret)

* Grace van Cutsem, 3
(Grace is the daughter of royal family friends: Hugh van Cutsem and the former Rose Astor, at whose 2005 wedding Prince William was an usher and Kate Middleton made her first public appearance as his girlfriend. William is Grace's godfather.)

* Eliza Lopes, 3
(Eliza is the granddaughter of William's stepmother, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall; she is the daughter of Camilla's daughter, Laura, and her husband, Harry Lopes. William and Kate attended the Lopeses wedding in 2006.)

* William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton, 10
(Billy is the son of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, private secretary and a longtime aide to Princes William and Harry.)

* Tom Pettifer, 8
(Tom, a godson of Prince William, is the son of Charles Pettifer and his wife, the former Tiggy Legge-Burke. She was an aide to Prince Charles who was a companion and unofficial nanny to Princes William and Harry.)

Clarence House noted that details of the bridesmaids' dresses and page boys' uniforms will not be released before the wedding day. The announcement was also posted on the monarchy's Facebook page, keeping with the trend of announcing details via social media. Last month, the palace announced details of the wedding procession and reception via Twitter.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 14, 2011; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Wedding party  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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Comments

Is this a joke or a typo of some sort? How are these kids going to compose themselves during a wedding ceremony? No...this is some sort of prank.

Posted by: forgetthis | February 14, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Any reason why you removed "Miss" before Miss Grace van Cutsem and Miss Eliza Lopes? The original press release certainly included them. Seems odd to remove the honorific from only a couple of names. . .

Posted by: bluecoua | February 14, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

@forgetthis: the British royal weddings traditionally have children as attendants. It's rarely a problem.

It'll be nice to see Margarita at the wedding, since her aunt Lady Sarah was the head attendant at the wedding of William's parents.

Posted by: NYC123 | February 14, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm I the only one who caught the mistake. Lady Louise Windsor is Prince William's niece, not his cousin.

Posted by: km59 | February 14, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

In response to KM59...There was no mistake. Lady Louise Windsor is Prince William's cousin. She is the daughter of his uncle, Prince Edward, making her his first cousin.

Posted by: mfinnhickey | February 14, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

km59, Lady Louise could be Prince William's niece only if she were the daughter of his brother, Prince Harry. She is not. Harry has no children, so William has no nieces or nephews. She is the daughter of Prince Charles's brother Prince Edward, making her Charles's niece and William's first cousin.

Posted by: eleonora27 | February 14, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

wow, British snobbery at work. the upper-class at the wedding. god saves the Queen

Posted by: Rockvillers | February 14, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Queen Elizabeth is ANCIENT; I can't believe she has a brother who has a daughter who is only 7. I woulda thought that Q. Eliz.'s nieces and nephews would all be adults.

Posted by: Dan4 | February 14, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Dan4, she doesn't have a brother. The 7-year old is the queen's granddaughter; daughter of her son Edward.

Posted by: mwallace8831 | February 14, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't poor Kate get to have any attendants besides her sister? These are all the children of relatives or friends of William.

Posted by: somethingtosay2 | February 14, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If you really buy into the notion of a constitutional democracy, Kings and Queens should really be offensive. Economic crisis and working people are increasingly taking on a greater tax burden while a bunch of clowns in an 18th century hereditary political system who don't really pay taxes for their vast wealth, have a say in the governing process.

Michelle Obama should take it as a badge of honor that QE II didnt want her to attend her grandson, the heir's, wedding.

Posted by: miguelmoniz | February 14, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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