PRINCE GEORGE and Princess Charlotte could walk down the aisle as bridal attendants in yet another wedding – for the fifth time.
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Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, four, the eldest children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have already been bridal attendants at four weddings. They served as pageboy and bridesmaid at Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018, Kate Middleton’s friend Sophie Carter’s wedding in September 2018 and Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October last year. And now, the siblings are believed to be donning their best garbs once again as they serve as bridal attendants for a fifth time.
One of Prince Wiliam’s closest friends, Thomas van Straubenzee is reportedly marrying a teacher from Prince George’s school, Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe.
Mr van Straubenzee is an English businessman, property consultant and real estate agent, best known for his connection to the royal family and as godfather to Princess Charlotte.
Miss Lanigan-O’Keeffe is the assistant head teacher at the £17,000 a year St Thomas’s school in Battersea.
The teacher is originally from Co Kilkenny, Ireland, and she is the daughter of barrister Stephen Lanigan-O’Keeffe.
Kate Middleton children: Princess Charlotte and Prince George have been bridal attendants four times (Image: GETTY)
Ms Lanigan-O’Keeffe has had contact with Prince George during her outdoor learning and mindfulness classes at the school’s Battersea site.
Princess Charlotte is due to join her brother when the new year starts in September.
She said yes when Mr van Straubenzee proposed to her last week and now the happy couple have started to think about their wedding.
The specific wedding details have yet to be decided but it is believed the Cambridge family will be involved.
Sunday Times reported that Prince William will likely serve as an usher while the two eldest children will join the bridal party as page boy and bridesmaid.
Kate Middleton children: Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Pippa Middleton’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton children: The Cambridge siblings at Prince Harry’s wedding (Image: GETTY) Kate Middleton children: The Cambridge siblings at Prince Harry’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
The royals and van Straubenzee family have been closely linked throughout history.
Mr van Straubenzee attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire with Prince William and Prince Harry, as did his younger brother Charlie and their brother Henry, who died in a car crash in 2002.
The wedding between Mr van Straubenzee and Miss Lanigan-O’Keeffe will be the groom’s second trip down the aisle, after he married Lady Melissa Pery in June 2013.
Prince William and Prince Harry both served as ushers at that wedding.
Prince William ‘happy’ to show off George in 2013
Kate Middleton children: Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Princess Eugenie’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton children: The Cambridge family at Sophie Carter’s wedding (Image: INSTAGRAM/FROM BERKSHIRE TO BUCKINGHAM)
Their wedding was held at her family’s ancestral home Alnwick Castle, which doubles as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
The marriage was short-lived with the couple divorcing three years later.
Lady Melissa moved to New York to live with hedge fund boss Remy Trafelet, while Mr van Straubenzee found love with the 31-year-old teacher.
Mr van Straubenzee’s 31-year-old brother Charlie being a friend to Prince Harry and it has even been reported that he may become baby Archie’s godfather when he is christened in July.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK