William and Kate's wedding party announced
[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:
* 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.
| February 14, 2011; 7:25 AM ET
Categories: Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Wedding party | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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