Kate and Pippa will be planning another wedding soon
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The engagement was confirmed this morning after the Daily Mail ran an exclusive on the impending wedding in its July 19th edition. And while there was no joint appearance, as yet, from the couple for the photographers, Pippa stepped out on the hottest day of the year so far wearing a diamond that would burn a hole in anyone's pocket and then some.
Pippa Middleton flashes her engagement ring as she leaves her home this morning https://t.co/gpyg4jja6n pic.twitter.com/z8kk2eGymw— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) July 19, 2016
Pippa Middleton has been dating hedge fund manager, James Matthews, for just under a year and the Daily Mail reports that they got engaged in the Lake District last week during a romantic break. The paper says that Mr Matthews asked Pippa's father, Michael Middleton, for her hand in marriage. An official announcement just after lunchtime on July 19th confirmed that the couple became engaged on July 17th and the wedding will take place next year.
Whether the marriage will include prominent roles for the Duchess of Cambridge and her children remains to be seen. As sister of the bride, Kate will be a star of the show but given that Pippa famously acted as chief bridesmaid at the Royal Wedding of 2011 we might yet see the duchess repay the honour and do the honours as maid of honour. And a summer wedding next year would mean that agewise, things might just be perfect for Kate and William's children to be bridesmaid and pageboy - George would be four and Charlotte would be two.
Pippa, 32, and James Matthews, 40, were seen together at Wimbledon this month but the bride to be's most recent appearance as at the Frost summer party where she carefully kept her left hand out of view for most of the evening.