Pippa Middleton's wedding may have some unexpected guests


Pippa Middleton's wedding is the royal-related event of the year (assuming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don't pull together a last-minute quickie wedding this fall). We learned last week that Markle herself will reportedly be attending the wedding reception (though not the ceremony in the morning, per royal protocol). But while Markle may not be at the ceremony, held at St. Mark's Church, it . . . appears maybe you could be as well!

We'll explain. Per a recently published Church of England guidance, on the topic of "celebrity weddings," non-invitees (read: regular people) could have the right to attend Pippa's wedding ceremony. The statement reads, "a marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners are entitled to attend." (That would seem to mean that all in the Englefield parish, surrounding the church, would be able to attend.) And attend they may very well want to do! A chairman of the parish council for Bradfield, a neighboring village, said to the Telegraph, "It's a rather nice thought that they might be able to attend. I'm sure there will be interest."

But Kate needn't worry about fellow attendees taking covert photos of her with their cell phones during the ceremony just yet. The document maintains that while members of the public will be able to attend, they will only be able to do so "as long as there is available seating or standing room unless a genuine question of safety or security arises."

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July 2007
Pippa looked breezy in a lilac wrap dress while out in London.
November 2007
Pippa attended a book launch in a pretty black dress with lce sleeves.
June 2008
Pippa attended Sotheby's Summer Party in a bright summery dress.
July 2008
Pippa wore this black and white belted dress to a book launch party.
September 2008
Middleton looked beautiful in a beaded gown at a charity gala in London.
September 2008
Pippa wore an Issa dress to the label's show at London Fashion Week.
September 2008
The socialite attended the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco alongside her sister, Kate, wearing a sequined mini.
September 2008
Pippa attended the End of Summer Ball in a flowing v-neck gown.
November 2008
Pippa chose this bright blue frock for the 10th Anniversary celebration of Claridge's Bar.
June 2009
Pippa wore this stunning white wrap dress to a polo match with white wedges.
October 2009
Kate's younger sister wore a tiered yellow dress to Tatler's 300th Anniversary Party.
December 2009
Pippa added a pop of red to her simple black dress with a bold belt.
May 2010
Pippa attended a fundraiser in a metallic-embellished dress.
February 2011
Pippa wore a black tiered jacket and bright pink fascinator to a friend's wedding.
April 2011
The day before Kate's wedding, the family arrived together.  Kate wore a patterned Issa dress while her sister was pretty in pink.
April 2011
Pippa was dressed in an Alexander McQueen gown for her sister Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William.
April 2011
The morning after the Royal Wedding, the Middleton clan left their hotel.  Pippa was spotted in bright white pants and a blue Zara blazer.
May 2011
Pippa accessorized her all-denim look with a neutral bag.
May 2011
The Duchess' younger sister stepped out carrying her favorite Modalu bag, wearing jeans and a bright pink top.
June 2011
Pippa chose a blush colored Maje top and carried her Modalu bag while out in London.
June 2011
Pippa wore a crocheted white dress and a jean jacket to the AEGON Championships.
June 2011
Out for a shopping trip, Pippa chose a pretty blue and white wrap dress.
July 2011
Middleton attended a Wimbledon match in a navy version of her crocheted sweater dress.
July 2011
Pippa met up with friends wearing this casual denim dress by Whistles.
July 2011
Pippa wore this pretty two-tone Zara dress while out in London.
September 2011
Pippa dressed up a plaid Maje top with red flats and a Prada messenger bag.
September 2011
Middleton wore Temperley London's classic fan dress during London Fashion Week.
September 2011
Pippa stunned in London wearing a tiered silk dress by French Connection with a tan Whistles jacket.
September 2011
Pippa got coffee with friends in a white Issa dress, adding a pop of color with her Prada bag and matching red flats.
October 2011
Pippa glowed at the Boodles Boxing Ball in a red gown by Temperley.
October 2011
The Duchess' younger sister looked pretty in plaid by Zara and black skinny jeans.
October 2011
Pippa looked chic in a longsleeved LBD, an Alice by Temperley animal-print scarf and a Prada bag.
October 2011
Pippa attended a charity event in a stunning floral gown by Project D.
October 2011
Pippa wore a cobalt blue turtleneck dress with a chic black blazer and lace-up booties.
November 2011
The socialite bundled up in a funnel-neck grey Fay coat and black boots.
November 2011
We're slightly obsessed with Pippa's blue Sara Berman coat with suede trim which she wore with a black dress and booties.
November 2011
While out in London, Pippa wore a chic army green Fay coat with black skinny pants and a bag by Loewe.
November 2011
The royal-in-law wore a snowy white coat with black boots and gloves.
January 2012
Pippa went for a stroll in bright pink jeans by SuperDry, a plaid Maje top and Zara blazer.
Pippa wore a navy Orla Kiely jacket as she and brother James Middleton smile for the camera.
June 2012
Pippa attended a Wimbledon match in a navy dress and macramé jacket by Orla Kiely.
August 2012
Pippa wore this and white Alice Temperley dress to the premiere of Shadow Dancer, completing the look with strappy heels.
September 2012
Pippa wore a bright colorblocked Paper London dress to the U.S. Open.
September 2012
Our favorite royal-in-law went out shopping in NYC carrying a Kate Spade bag, and wearing a casual but bright outfit.
September 2012
Pippa attended the U.S. Open in a bright yellow Phase Eight frock.
October 2012
Pippa wore Stella McCartney to promote her book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends.
October 2012
Pippa hosted a Halloween Party for children in London while promoting her book, wearing a brocade Markus Lupfer dress.
November 2012
She attended a party for W&W Jewellery, a British jewelry company in a metallic skirt and neutral top.
November 2012
Pippa traveled in style weraing a pretty eggplant coat.
December 2012
Pippa promoted her book Celebrate in Amsterdam wearing a bright purple peplum dress by Beulah London.
March 2013
Pippa looked cozy at the Cheltenham Festival in a Katherine Hooker mustard yellow coat and the same Aquatalia boots her sister Kate loves.
April 2013
As the new ambassador for the Mary Hare School for the Deaf, Pippa opened the "Murray House" in head-to-toe Tory Burch.
May 2013
Kate's sister stepped out in London wearing a top and skirt by Sandro, jacket by Alice by Temperley, Alice + Olivia heels, and the Catherine Street Pippa bag by Kate Spade New York.
May 2013
Pippa attended a party in a pink floral dress by Tabitha Webb.
May 2013
The middle-Middleton was out and about in silk ikat pants by Alice by Temperley.
May 2013
Pippa out and about with boyfriend Nico in London, wearing a chic black dress.
June 2013
Pippa wore a pretty green sweater dress and matching cardigan at the AEGON Championships with her mother Carole.
June 2013
Attending a friend's wedding, Pippa looked lovely in a black and white peplum Tabitha Webb dress and Olivia Roat Millinery fascinator.
June 2013
Pippa looked chic in a powder blue blazer over a matching dress at Wimbledon.
July 2013
Pippa attended Spectator Magazine's summer party in a pretty white lace dress.
July 2013
Pippa went to another game at Wimbledon with boyfriend Nico, wearing a striped coral dress by Temperley London.
July 2013
Leaving Andy Murray's match, Pippa looked vibrant in the coral dress.
July 2013
Pippa attended the Queen's Coronation ceremony in a floral Tabitha Webb dress with a lace overlay, and carried a clutch by Lamb 1887. 
September 2013
Pippa attends the wedding of James Meade and Lady Laura Marsham.
September 2013
Pippa and Nico Jackson pose at the Boodles Boxing Ball 2013 on September 21, 2013 at the Grosvenor House in London,England. 
September 2013
Pippa attends a donors dinner hosted by Michael Bloomberg & Graydon Carter to celebrate the launch of the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
October 2013
Pippa and James Middleton arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in central London to attend the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.
November 2013
Pippa and boyfriend Nico Jackson attend the Sugarplum Ball.
March 2014
Pippa attends a memorial service for Sir David Frost at Westminster Abbey.
June 2014
Pippa attends day two of the Aegon Championships at Queens Club.
June 2014
Pippa Middleton seen arriving at Wimbledon.
September 2014
Pippa attends the GQ Men of the Year awards.
September 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Pippa Middleton attends the launch of designer and entrepreneur Tabitha Webb's first retail store 'Tabitha Webb' on Elizabeth St, Belgravia on September 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Tabitha Webb)
February 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Pippa Middleton attends the inaugural Roll Out The Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation at The Park Lane Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
March 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Pippa Middleton leaves The Cumberland Hotel after attending a fundraising ball for Disability SnowSport UK on March 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
July 2015
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 9: Pippa Middleton seen arriving at Wimbledon on July 9, 2015 in London, England. Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
February 2016
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
July 2016
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Pippa Middleton and Princess Eugenie attend The Frost family final Summer Party to raise money for the Miles Frost Fund in partnership with the British Heart Foundation on July 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for British Heart Foundation)
May 2017
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton (R) is escorted by her father Michael Middleton as she arrives for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool)
June 2017
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Pippa Middleton is seen at Sydney airport on June 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matrix/GC Images)
July 2017
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Pippa Middleton seen arriving at Day 3 of Wimbledon 2017 on July 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
July 2017
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Pippa Middleton seen on day thirteen at The Championships at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
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This might get a bit complicated, the Telegraph notes, as it is unclear what exactly constitutes a "question of safety or security." And a law expert told the outlet that the document is "pretty clear," as "parishioners and those on the electoral roll have the absolute right to attend services of public worship, and they can't be denied access. Marriages are not a private event, they are public."

This marks the first time that a Church of England guidance has been published online on this subject. A representative for the wedding itself told the Telegraph, "For security reasons we are making no comments on the private details of this wedding (being held on private property)."

While what the scene is going to be like at the church seems somewhat murky, why not book a flight to London and show up, and roll the dice? Maybe get there a few days early and befriend someone in the Englefield parish in order to maximize your chances, which will also give you plenty of time to make sure you have the perfect fascinator to wear for the event.

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