So now we know the names of the lucky few who will be the attendants at the wedding of the decade.
Just as we thought Pippa Middleton will be Maid of Honour and therefore in charge of the small bridesmaids and page boys when her sister marries Prince William.
The choice of blue-eyed little Lady Louise Windsor, seven, Prince Edward’s daughter who is the spitting image of the Queen at the same age, and lively Margarita Armstrong-Jones, was no surprise.
I also expected Camilla’s three year old grandchild Eliza Lopes would be chosen as her mother Laura has been a friend of Kate’s for ages. And, as we know from that tete a tete over lunch last week, William’s stepmother is being wonderfully supportive of Kate, so including her angelic little grand daughter is a nice way to say thank you.
Little Eliza, then two, was an enchanting attendant at the wedding of Caroline Benson last spring, although she fell asleep half way through the ceremony.
It was also no surprise that William’s godchild Grace van Cutsem,three, son of his close friend Hugh van Cutsem, is on the list. The Prince was an usher at Hugh’s wedding to Rose Astor.
Both page boys Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, (son of William’s private secretary) and Tom Pettifer, eight, (son of former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke) are old enough to behave well throughout the ceremony.
I well remember Prince William, then four years old, dressed up in a sailor suit as a page at the wedding of naval officer Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. He kept pulling his hat off and sticking his tongue out at his cousin Laura Fellowes, who was a bridesmaid.
His mother Princess Diana said afterwards she was hideously embarrassed by his antics, but those of us who were there thought it was endearing and totally hilarious.
No doubt, William believed it was better not to have any impish little rascals as pages of the same age at his wedding.
Naming Prince Harry as ‘Best Man’ instead of using the old royal title ‘Supporter’, indicates that William is determined to make his wedding as ‘normal’ as possible. He appears keen to make it less regal and more real; to be just like everyone else.
This means that Harry, 26, will be thrown together with Kate’s pretty sister Pippa, 27, at a very exciting time.
Now we all know that Harry is a chap who loves blondes, and one golden-haired girl in particular. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Kate was dreaming of a little matchmaking. Gossips won’t be able to resist wondering if another Middleton miss might land herself a royal catch.
After all, Diana plotted to get her friend Fergie into the royal family and invited Sarah to the house party at Royal Ascot where the Yorks romance began. So who knows where this bridal party will end one day?