Kate Middleton will not be a bridesmaid when her sister Pippa gets married – but not for the reason you think.

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Why Kate Middleton WON’T be bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding
KATE Middleton will not be a bridesmaid when her sister Pippa gets married – but not for the reason you think.

Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The royal wedding of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge captivated the world in 2011.

Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

But as Kate, 35, walked down the aisle, an unexpected guest stole the limelight – her sister Pippa Middleton.

The 33-year-old, who served as the maid of honour, arguably upstaged Kate with her white figure-hugging dress.

Pippa as Kate's maid of honour in 2011 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa as Kate’s maid of honour in 2011 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Now Pippa is getting married to partner James Matthews, many assumed Kate would be given the opportunity to return the favour.

But there’s one problem.

Traditionally brides choose unmarried family members as their maids, chief bridesmaid or maid of honour.

Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Because Kate has been in wedlock for five years, she is not eligible to be picked for the role, according to custom.

Therefore, Kate will not feature as bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding.

Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Instead, it is likely Kate will be appointed her matron of honour – a role for which she does qualify.

Her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will also feature as a page boy and flower girl.

Speaking to People, royal author Judy Wade said: “Kate would upstage her sister. It’s a tricky situation for Pippa.

Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well?

“But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.

Pippa caused quite a stir when she arrived at sister Kate's wedding in a figure-hugging dress Photo (C) GETTY
Pippa caused quite a stir when she arrived at sister Kate’s wedding in a figure-hugging dress Photo (C) GETTY

Pippa will marry James Matthews, a 41-year-old banking tycoon, on May 20 at her local church.

James is engaged to Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
James is engaged to Pippa Middleton Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Around 150 guests will attend, including many celebrities and royal family members.

Yesterday a royal insider revealed Kate wants to “carve her own path” in the footsteps of Prince Philip.

Source: dailystar co uk

Tags: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Kate, Middleton, Flower Girl, William, Prince William, Pippa Middleton

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