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Royal tots centre stage at Pippa's wedding

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews - photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be page boy and bridesmaid at the wedding of Pippa Middleton.

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File photo dated 01/10/16 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be page boy and bridesmaid at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, Kensington Palace has said.Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is marrying her financier boyfriend James Matthews in front of close family and friends at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on the morning of Saturday May 20.

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The engagement ring worn by Pippa Middleton: Photo credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Kate will be accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at what is set to be one of the most talked about society weddings of recent times.

Royal watchers were expecting the young royals to play an important part at the wedding, with speculation Kate would be her sister's matron of honour - but it seems the Duchess will not be taking on that role.

Pippa leapt into the public consciousness in 2011 when she was Kate's bridesmaid in a figure-hugging Alexander McQueen dress at the royal wedding.

Hedge fund boss Matthews got down on bended knee during a trip to the Lake District in July 2016 to propose to Pippa.

The couple had been dating for less than a year, but had moved in together and a thrilled Pippa was said to have been totally surprised by the proposal.

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Pippa Middleton, James Matthews, second left, and Michael Middleton leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England, on Sunday Dec. 25, 2016.(Andrew Matthews/Pool via AP)

Resident priest Rev Nick Wynne-Jones will officiate at the wedding ceremony, a spokeswoman at St Mark's Church said.

The church dates back to the 12th century and was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1857.

It will not be the first time the Middletons and the Cambridges have joined together at St Mark's.

William and Kate - along with George and Charlotte - attended a Christmas Day service accompanied by Kate's mother Carole, father Michael, brother James, and Pippa and Mr Matthews.

The Middleton family home in nearby Bucklebury looks set to host the wedding reception.

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