Royal Sister-in-Law Pippa Takes Spotlight in Star-Studded British Wedding

May 20, 2017 Updated: May 20, 2017

Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Kate, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, was married in a small English country church on Saturday surrounded by royals and celebrities but those hoping for a dash of Hollywood were left in the cold.

The event had been at risk of being overshadowed by the most high-profile appearance yet of Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle. But the U.S. actress failed to appear before cameras.

Three-year-old Prince George, third in line to the throne after grandfather Charles and father William, took a starring role with his younger sister as attendants to the bride.

Middleton, 33, who married financier James Matthews, wore an elegant white lace gown with a cut-out in the back and a full long skirt. She arrived in a open-top car accompanied by her father, smiling broadly and waving to crowds gathered near St. Mark’s church in Englefield, about 50 miles west of London.

Matthews sported a three-piece morning suit with a pale waistcoat and tails.

Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony. After turning heads at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William, Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride on Saturday at a star-studded wedding in an English country church. Middleton, married financier James Matthews, 41, at a ceremony attended by the royal couple and tennis star Roger Federer, as she wore a couture dress by British designer Giles Deacon. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark’s Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince William walked up to the church accompanied by younger brother Harry. Celebrity guests included 18-times grand slam tennis champion Roger Federer and the fashion editor of British Vogue magazine.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk to the church for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince Harry (R) and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk to the church for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Middleton took the spotlight by surprise when she acted as maid of honor at the 2011 wedding of her sister to William. Security was tight amid a media frenzy in which #PippasWedding was trending on social media but guests were forbidden from sharing pictures there.

Pippa Middleton (R) is escorted by her father Michael Middleton as she arrives for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton (R) is escorted by her father Michael Middleton as she arrives for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Justin Tallis – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Tabloids have focused on details such as a rumored Spitfire flypast and a 100,000 pound ($130,000) glass marquee erected specially for the reception at the Middleton’s home in the nearby village of Bucklebury.

Ferocious interest also centered on Markle, star of the TV legal drama “Suits,” whose relationship with Prince Harry was made public last November.

ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  A view of St Mark's Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
A view of St Mark’s Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton in a 1951 Jaguar Mk V car, for her wedding ceremony at St Mark's Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England.  (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton in a 1951 Jaguar Mk V car, for her wedding ceremony at St Mark’s Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Justin Tallis – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark's Churchon May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton arrives for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark’s Churchon May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Princess Charlotte after the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte was in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Princess Charlotte after the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in in Englefield, England. (Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their wedding at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England.(Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their wedding at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Prince George, fourth left, stands with other flower boys and girls after the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church onMay 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince George, fourth left, stands with other flower boys and girls after the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony. After turning heads at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William, Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride on Saturday at a star-studded wedding in an English country church. Middleton, married financier James Matthews, 41, at a ceremony attended by the royal couple and tennis star Roger Federer, as she wore a couture dress by British designer Giles Deacon. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark’s Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)