There will be sibling revelry, with Kate's sister Pippa as her maid of honor

By Simon Perry
Updated February 14, 2011 07:30 AM
Credit: Fergus Greer

It will be all in the family for Prince William and Kate Middleton, who Monday morning announced their wedding party.

As was widely predicted, Kate, 29, has chosen her sister Pippa as her maid of honor – whose job, it is stated, will be to make sure the bridal gown is displayed properly and the young wedding party is kept in line – while Prince Harry will be his brother’s best man, the palace announced.

For royal watchers, the real treat may be in observing the young friends and royal relatives who will make up Kate’s bridal party. Among them are Lady Louise Windsor, 7, the daughter of William’s Uncle Edward and his wife, Sophie Wessex. Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, is also from the wider Windsor clan. She is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth’s nephew Viscount Linley and his wife, Serena.

A close friend of the couple, Hugh van Cutsem, is the father of another bridesmaid, Grace, 3. She, like one of the pageboys announced by the palace, Tom Pettifer, 8, is a godchild of William’s. Pettifer is the son of William’s nanny, Tiggy Pettier (nee Legge-Bourke), and her husband, Charles.

There’s also a spot for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s granddaughter, Eliza Lopes, 3, whose mother is Camilla’s daughter, Laura. The other pageboy is William Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, son of Jamie Lowther-Pinker, who as the princes’ private secretary is the one heading up the wedding planning – and all the crucial work for the couple and William’s brother Harry.

The palace ends its announcement by saying that the couple will withhold news of the what the bridesmaids dresses and the uniforms of the pageboys until April 29 – which happens to be the wedding day.