Pippa Middleton and James Matthews mark their one-year anniversary this weekend, but they'll spend it celebrating another very important couple. Kate Middleton's sister and her new husband are attending the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, 364 days after they walked down the aisle at Saint Mark's Church.
The duo is expected to attend the ceremony and reception at St. George's Hall, but has apparently not received an invitation to the second, more intimate reception later that night at Frogmore House, according to the . They're probably not feeling too left out; Pippa Middleton is reportedly pregnant with their first child and might appreciate an earlier night in. Here's everything you need to know about this couple and their relationship to the royal family.
Who is Pippa Middleton?
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister became an instant celebrity when she served as the maid of honor in the royal wedding on April 29, 2011. Her white, figure-hugging gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen immediately became an international conversation the moment she stepped out of the car to help her sister with her train.
However, the designer intended for the untraditional hue to have the opposite effect. "The plan was not really for it to be a significant dress," Pippa later told , "really just to sort of blend in with the [wedding dress's] train."
The 34-year-old is two years younger than her big sister. They grew up with younger brother, James Middleton, in Berkshire, England. Her parents Michael and Carole Middleton sent both of the girls to private boarding schools growing up. After graduation with an English literature degree from the University of Edinburgh, Pippa briefly worked at a PR firm and events management company. She also wrote two books ( and ) and contributed as a columnist to several publications. but the media usually identifies her as a "socialite."
Who is James Matthews?
Her sister may have landed a future king, but James Matthews is still quite the catch. The 42-year-old hedge fund manager has a networth of approximately $2.6 billion and owns a $22 million West London home, according to the . He's no boring financier either. James started his professional career as a race car driver and once ran the 156-mile Marathon des Sables through the Sahara.
Plus, he's next in line for the Scottish feudal title of. That means Pippa will eventually inherit a courtesy title too: Lady of Glen Affric. They would also take over his father's 10,000-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands that includes a .
How did they meet?
The couple reportedly met a decade ago on the Caribbean island of St. Barts, where James's parents David and Jane own a luxury hotel. They stayed in touch over the years, but didn't go on a date until 2012. Pippa had split from English cricket player Alex Loudon, who she was seeing at the time of the royal wedding, but the new fling didn't stick. She instead dated stockbroker Nico Jackson until 2015 before rekindling her relationship with James.
The couple made their official public debut at a charity ski race in Norway in January 2016. By July, James proposed with an worth an estimated $260,000.
When did they get married?
The couple tied the knot last year on May 20, 2017 at a church near the Middleton family home. The elaborate wedding definitely evoked her sister's high-profile affair. The Duchess of Cambridge attended, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who both served in the wedding party.
Prince Harry attended the ceremony solo and later brought then-girlfriend Meghan Markle to the reception. The couple reportedly wanted to avoid upstaging the newlyweds on their big day.
After the reception, the couple went on a whirlwind honeymoon to French Polynesia and later Australia.
Are they really expecting a baby?!
They haven't confirmed the pregnancy yet, but multiple news outlets report that a little Baby Matthews is on the way. Pippa is rumored to be due in October, according to . That means Prince Louis could have a new playmate only six months younger than him.
Did they attend the royal wedding?
Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding is not a state occasion, they have much more freedom with the guest list than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did with theirs. Their venue holds less guests however, with about 600 people expected to sit inside St. George's Chapel versus the 1,900 that packed into Westminster Abbey.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told that majority of the invitees will be people that Harry and Meghan know themselves in addition to members of the royal family and representatives of the Commonwealth.
The couple has hung out with Pippa and James before. Besides attending their wedding, they also all went to church together over the holidays in Sandringham. It remains to be seen whether they secured an invite to the more intimate reception at Frogmore House, but James, Pippa, and her (very tiny!) baby bump appeared on the grounds of Windsor this morning.