Prince William, Harry, Pippa, Cressida & Chelsy all at the same wedding: drama!

When Prince William married Kate Middleton, there really didn’t seem to be too much “society drama” about it. Of course, if I remember correctly, Kate made sure that Isabella Anstruther Gough Calthorpe was not invited to the wedding, considering that it’s widely believed that William fell in love with Isabella during one of his many “breaks” with Kate. But other than that, the only real “scandal” of Kate’s wedding was Beatrice and Eugenie’s terrible hats.

So to fill our British-society-drama quota, I hereby present some photos from this weekend’s wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy. Thomas is one of the oldest and closest friends of William and Harry. The Percy family – the children of the Duke of Northumberland – are close to the royal family as well, and Lady Melissa’s brother George dated Pippa Middleton off-and-on for a while (Pippa tried to land him, I think, but his family didn’t want a Wisteria Sister). Lady Melissa is also really close friends with Chelsy Davy. Chelsy was a bridesmaid. And Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice were also at the wedding, as was Prince Harry’s current girl Cressida Bonas (they were set up by Eugenie and Beatrice). Everyone was at the wedding! Except Duchess Kate, who was too pregnant to attend – the wedding took place hundreds of miles outside of London, at Alnwick Castle (the Duke of Northumberland’s familial pile). There were fireworks. The bride wore a tiara. Will and Harry were ushers. DRAMA. Or maybe not?

It’s a time of celebration for Prince William, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, June 21, and attended a friend’s wedding ceremony on Saturday, June 22 in the town of Alnwick in Northumberland, England. While pregnant wife Kate Middleton stayed home, resting, the Duke of Cambridge and brother Harry served as ushers at the wedding of their old friend Thomas van Straubenzee to Lady Melissa Percy, daughter of the Duke of Northumberland, Ralph Percy.

Before the nuptials, a source tells Us Weekly that William and Harry and other members of the wedding party had lunch at a local restaurant, the Treehouse, before arriving at the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church.

The beautiful bride arrived in 200-year old horse-drawn carriage, wearing a Bruce Oldfield dress. Harry’s ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, served as chief bridesmaid, looking stunning in a floor-length camel colored dress. At one point before the ceremony, Davy struggled to keep the bride’s veil under control when a strong gust of wind blew by.

There seemed to be no tension between Harry, 28, and Davy, 27, who dated for five years and have not been photographed since December 2011, as an eyewitness tells Us that the Zimbabwe-native lawyer and William were seen laughing and joking around together before the wedding.
Harry’s current girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, 24, was also in attendance, joined by cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

With Kate at home, sister Pippa, 29, stole the show, looking chic in a black and white Tabitha Webb dress. Pippa knows the bride through her brother, George Percy.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the 1,000-year old Alnwick Castle, and then dinner and dancing at the estate’s marquee, followed by fireworks. (The jaw-dropping Alnwick estate has doubled as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies).

[From Us Weekly]

Do you think Kate really regrets not coming to this drama-filled wedding? Or do you think she was happy not to go because the focus would not have been on her? God knows, if she had gone to this wedding, she probably would have worn another short, fluttery minidress and it was super-windy at the wedding too… so it’s good she didn’t come.

So here are some assorted photos from the wedding… I’m okay with Lady Melissa’s gown, tiara and veil, but mother of God, that is a HUGE bouquet. The bridesmaids’ dresses are pretty and muted, and I’m glad everything isn’t matchy-matchy. Pippa Middleton’s peplum is awful. Cressida (blue and white dress, blue sequined jacket) looks thrilled but I’m not even sure she and Harry are really together at this point. Harry always looks handsome at weddings. My guess: he and Chelsy totally got drunk and hooked up after the reception.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. boredbrit says:

    Pippa needs to stop tanning, it ages her. A lot. Chelsy seems like a lovely girl. Showed these pictures to my mum and she thinks I’m weird because I think Beatrice’s bf is cute…

  2. mk says:

    All of these people are waste of space.
    Michael K’s description of Chelsy is the funniest thing:

    She looks like she smells like vodka, drugstore foundation, old cigarettes and dried mascara clumps. Who wouldn’t want to inhale that all the time? Chelsy Davy looks like a piece of dried bronzer crust with blond hair. PHG is dim in the brains for letting that go.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Good example of why brides and bridesmaids should hold their bouquets in front of their stomachs, not their chests. They look pretty otherwise. Ugh Pippa looks like a reindeer in that hat.

  4. LAK says:

    i thought the tiara should have been worn further back on her head. It looks too big as she wore it.

    Pippa’s dress would have looked better without the peplum.

  5. Suze says:

    May I say Kaiser that I love how you are throwing yourself into the gossip world of the British aristocracy! Makes this royaloonie’s heart flutter.

    I doubt Kate cared about missing this event. During her last public appearance she looked completely over it, and I don’t blame her. Who wants to dress up and swan around when you’re 8.5 months pregnant?

    I don’t understand Pippa’s look. I don’t find it flattering and it’s not outrageous enough to go into the unforgettable OMG territory.

    Cressida – mid guffaw – not attractive.

    The bride looks far grander than Kate did during her wedding – bigger tiara, bigger volume veil, bigger bouquet – and I do like her dress. Although I like the tiara/veil combo, I agree with LAK above, tip the tiara back and it would look better. Although, maybe, it’s hard to keep on one’s head? Such problems.

    The bridesmaid’s dresses are surprisingly attractive, for that sort of thing.

    All the boys look good. They are the types that should always run around in full morning dress. It suits them.

    • FLORC says:


      I think Kate would have loved to dress up that far along and to have spent time with Will. 8 1/2 months along though she must have to pee and get a little gassy too often to sit for a wedding. And that’s not a slam at Kate.. it’s just how a pregnant woman’s body will function.

      The boys all look great and I agree about the bridesmaid dresses. Surprisingly cute.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I enjoy the royal stories too!

      Cressida: Tacky. Inappropriate dress. Accessories that make no sense.

      Chelsy: Lovely :) (I’m a fan, no apologies)

      Pippa: Hard Looking but appropriate

      Bride: Beautiful especially the smile

      Men in Morning Dress: MMM,MMMM delicious!

    • Belle says:

      I just don’t think Kate is that miserable at this stage of her pregnancy. Yes, most woman are very uncomfortable in the last month or so, but not all.

      Part of me thinks that Kate wouldn’t like missing this, and having Will go without her. Even if it wasn’t about her, being pregnant would garner plenty of attention. On the flip side… while she is carrying her pregnancy very well (in a way many would envy, myself included…lol), she probably still feels ‘huge’ and not much like hanging around a group of young, thin girls. Tough call! :)

  6. Spooks says:

    Is there anybody in the British high society who is even slightly attractive? They’re all very plain looking.
    Well, Princess Eugenie has a very pretty face but her fashion sense ages her a lot.
    And Melissa Percy is a tennis coach. Nice too see that daddy’s money for her education was well spent.

    • LAK says:

      To be fair, melissa was once one of the top ranking British tennis players, so she didn’t decide to become a tennis coach for lack of things to do.

      • Spooks says:

        I am really curious, is there anyone in their circle who is a doctor, or a scientist or does something that involves helping people? They all seem to be bankers or majored in history of art.

      • Sachi says:

        I read that the 2nd daughter of the Duke of Westminster, Edwina Grosvenor, works for prison reform and preventing offenders from going back into the system. I think she helped opened a prison-run restaurant and she’s still in prison reform.

        She sounds “real”, or as real as she could be seeing as her father is the richest man in the UK. Based on the interview, she sounded aware that she is filthy rich but she’s also aware of what she could do with her father’s money, and that is putting it into a cause that would help other people.

        I don’t think money can be taken out of the discussion. If they’re doing something with their lives aside from sponging off their parents, then people say it’s only because of their money and their connections that they even get to “play” at having a job. If they don’t do anything but spend their family’s money, then they’re hangers-on.

        A lot of these nobles and aristos lead really private lives. You’d never know they existed unless there is a royal event and they get identified. I think a lot of them do have jobs and support many charities. They’re just not calling the paps every time they go out.

      • daisieb says:

        Melissa’s older sister Lady Katie is a motorcycle mechanic. As for the way they dress and their general grooming, it is more about titles and social rank than physical appearance although the higher the rank and more secure the fortune does allow for selective breeding.

      • Spooks says:

        Wow, judging by that article, Edwina is a truly remarkable person. God for her.

      • Justme says:

        The bride’s brother, George, Earl Percy has started a geothermal energy company, Cluff Geothermal, which is active in Africa and the North of England

      • Julaine says:

        The Queen’s cousin Richard, the Duke of Gloucester trained as an architect and only took up royal duties after his elder brother was killed in an airplane crash in the early 70′s. His son, Alexander, the Earl of Ulster is head of the Transnational Crisis Project and his wife Claire Booth is a working physician. With inheiritance taxes so high I think even the aristocracy is looking for gainful employment for their offspring these days.

      • LAK says:

        Julaine – I have a proper crush on Alexander Ulster. He is within acceptable age limit for me, but alas he is married.

      • Maum says:

        Sachi sad coincidence that you should mention Lady Edwina Grosvenor- it has just been reported today that she lost her second child six months into the pregnancy.

      • Sachi says:

        Maum – yes, I found out about that. So sorry for them.

    • lisa says:

      ita spooks, this is one terrible looking group of people considering they are all youngish and have $ to pull themselves together if they ever decide to

    • Melma says:

      I’ve always thought Kate was a little plain Jane-ish, but compared to these folks, she’s the most beautiful woman in the world lol.

    • mayamae says:

      I think it’s only fair. Why should they get everything?

    • xxx says:

      Wow. Bit harsh! I think it’s refreshing to see people without tonnes of plastic surgery and the exact same glaringly white teeth. These are just normal people. You’re used to looking at pap shots of celebrities who are a group of uncommonly good-looking people. I think if you took a photo of any random group of people the majority of them would be ordinary looking. That’s real life.

    • Flower says:

      The Percy family themselves had a relatively normal life to start with, the lived on a modest farm and worked it for a living, the duchess is your average everyday woman not a member of the aristocracy.

      Ralph Percy (the brides father) was the second son and not expected to inherit very much at all, unfortunately his elder brother was a drug addict and died of a heart attack due to an overdose, so the families ‘normal’ farm life was turned upside down in the blink of an eye. The Duchess had a tough time adjusting and by all accounts had or was very close to having a nervous breakdown because of the pressures, she has grown into the role it seems and is now the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland meaning she carries out duties on behalf of the crown.

  7. Esti says:

    I’m just confused by Cressida’s dress. It looks like she’s attempting to dress up a casual beach maxi by throwing a sequined jacket over it.

  8. Sunny says:

    Isabella attended the royal wedding, she was indeed invited. I don’t blame Kate at all for missing this wedding, it’s a 300 mile trek to Northumberland and at 8+ months pregnant, who wants to travel 600 miles in a weekend? The wedding was nice but a bit ostentatious as her elder sister didn’t have near a fuss.

  9. Thinker says:

    Obviously Kate could’ve attended this wedding, most pregnant women continue to be active until they give birth. Whatever. I suspect she’s not close with this group and was invited because she’s William’s wife, not because she’s a friend of either bride or groom. William was probably glad to be away with his friends, this bunch had a wild stag do earlier this month in London.

    • daisieb says:

      At 8 1/4 months a fully grown baby pretty much jumps up and down on the mother’s bladder making frequent trips to the ladies room routine. If her water broke at any point during this event it would ruin it for the bride and her family. Feet and ankles swell so that shoes are uncomfortable. Sciatica also can occur as the limited space has all internal organs crowding and pressing on each other. I believe it is a general rule that women in their last month should limit their outings to distances that would be an easy drive to hospital.

    • Julaine says:

      I guess she could have attended. But at eight months many airlines won’t let you fly so she would have had to make the 600 mile round trip by either car or train. Neither of which was particularly recommended by my OB/GYN in the last month of my pregnancy. (I know because my grandmother died when I was 33 weeks pregnant and I was trying to get to her funeral.). Lucky thing that I listened to him because my water broke less than a week later and I ended up delivering a full month and a half early.

      Perhaps Catherine and William are also doing the prudent thing and following the advice of her doctor(s) and staying within a reasonable distance of them and her hospital now that she is in the home stretch. I realize it is a lot more fun to think that everyone in their circle fawns over the royals and hates the “interlopers” but sometimes it just comes down to common sense.

    • Suze says:

      Eh – a royal about ready to deliver would be the focus of all the photographers and attention. I don’t know if that factored into Duchess Kate’s decision, but it’s much better that she wasn’t there.

    • Marigold says:

      You need to read the details. Going to this wedding would have meant 600 miles in a car. You go do that 8.5 months pregnant and come back and report on how comfortable you were. Active until they give birth, my ass.

      • Suze says:

        Not to mention a bunch of schlepping around from the chapel to the castle. I bet she voluntarily – and happily – opted out of the event.

        Like someone mentioned above, these type of people attend weddings every freaking weekend, it seems. It’s not like Kate won’t be at another wedding (or big event) for years and years. There will be plenty of them for her attend once she’s back in action.

      • m says:

        William and Harry traveled by train which is faster and allows you to walk around ig you must. I think Kate just feels fat and doesnt want many people seeing her now that she is retaining water, especially when all of her husbands stunning ex’s who were his first choices would be there. Also, none of these people are Kates friends, so the only reason she would be there is because she is Williams wife and his +1.

      • Another K says:

        Car or train, why go that far if you don’t absolutely have to. 8 l/2 months pregnant – ugh, Soooooo uncomfortable. Plus she might be having cramps or spotting or those godawful Braxton hicks “practice” contractions that are such fun. Not to mention the constant need to pee.

  10. Memory30 says:

    Chelsy’s face reminds me of a sloth. Lol sorry if it sounds mean.

  11. Amanda G says:

    I wish Will would give it up and shave his head.

  12. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Why do everyone’s clothes look so cheap?! I know they aren’t, but the grooms’ clothes and bridesmaid dresses really stand out as the worst in a bad bunch…

  13. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    I actually wore the same color that the bridesmaids are wearing at a friend’s wedding. Only, instead of the color being called “camel”, David’s Bridal diplomatically called it “champagne”.

  14. Thinker says:

    Re: Cressida. Isn’t she supposed to be a dancer? Why is she always looking down at her feet like she’s about to stumble? Where is the grace of a dancer?

  15. TG says:

    I love reading about the royals and British aristocracy. I don’t know many of these people but I come on here and there are always experts who have an opinion and I love it. I loved the bridesmaids dresses and the bride looks cute but her new husband looks like a total douche, which I am sure most of those guys are. I don’t know why people give Kate grief over her dress fluttering up. She always dresses so well and I am sure it was an accident. She certainly hasn’t drawn attention to herself the way that fame whore kim kartrashian has during her pregnancy. One site said Kate was on maternity leave, which is funny, because that is a work term not one you can use in your personal life. Another thing, is that all these royals/aristocrats do is get married? How many weddings are Wills and Kate going to attend? It seems like every other week one of their posh friends are getting married. Chelsea is ugly and looks like Miss Piggy and Cressida isn’t much better looking and she looks cheap. She looks like she is trying too hard to act like she is fine with Chelsea being there. Pippa looks godawful as usual. Can we say deer caught in the headlights? Anyone remember the episodes of true blood with that bull looking creature in season 2 or 3? That is Pippa. Fergie and Eugenie (whatever their names are) are super cute and adorable.

  16. Jackson says:

    I think the bridal party clothes are fine but the guests look so budget and tacky it is beyond words. They look about a notch and a half above “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.” That hideous blue sequined jacket is the absolute worst.

  17. Brickyard Ute says:

    I don’t get the Kate hate. I don’t think she is the second coming or anything, but I sure didn’t invite my husband’s exes to our wedding. I also didn’t go to a destination wedding when I was 8 months pregnant. But she didn’t make Will stay home with her, so what’s the problem?

    I never got the whole Pippa thing. I thought her body looked amazing in that white bridesmaid dress, but that’s about it.

    I agree Chelsy looks FUN and Cressida looks a little forced here. Harry is so hot, I hope he does get back together with the fun one.

    • FLORC says:


      Kate hate? Where? There’s a majority here that all agree she’s 8.5 months pregnant and though the traveling was quick by train she may have still been uncomfortable. Just one thing though. Kate has never been able to make Will do anything. He does as he likes and she has no control over his behavior.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    Pippa looks like an extra from Black Swan with that hat.

  19. s says:

    the bride is adorable! she looks so young. man the british aristocracy is very horsy.

  20. Sachi says:

    Lady Melissa Percy looked nice. Pretty wedding dress, great makeup (she has very good skin), and the best accessory: a big smile. I wish the tiara sat farther on her head. It looked too big sitting right on her hairline.

    Pippa cheapens an outfit again with a hideous tan. Peplums are so 2012. She should’ve worn a sheath dress. The hat didn’t do her face any favours.

    Chelsy: good to see her. Is she working in Zimbabwe? All I read was she was going to live abroad several months ago.

    Bea and Eug: my favourite wedding guests. :D I like the electric blue on Beatrice, goes great with her hair. Eugenie seems to favour teal a lot lately.

    Cressida: she has a baby face. That’s it. Probably more vanilla than Kate. Has no charisma.

    These aristos/nobles/socialites all look so bland and almost the same. Natasha Rufus-Isaacs is the only one I’ve seen who can be called beautiful.

    As for the Chelsy-Harry-Cressida “drama”, I doubt they had any issues. They all run in the same circles and they would have known each other for years. They only socialize within their own groups anyway, so it’s not surprising that they’d have a small circle of prospective relationships.

    It’s like Gossip Girl: they just go through each other with dating that it’s almost incestuous.

  21. KLO says:


    I`d rather read stories about regular celebrities, they have at least DONE something to get famous.

  22. dagney.tagart says:

    Will someone tell these women to stop wearing peplums? No one ever looks good in a peplum. Even a young, tall, slender, gorgeous woman’s looks will be undermined with a peplum. Please.stop.

  23. Ally says:

    some pictures show that William´s “soulmate” Jecca Craig was there too.

  24. The Original Mia says:

    Pippa looked rough and smug. Like, look at me, I’m Waity’s sister. Girl please.

    Probably no drama. These people socialize. This wouldn’t be the first time they have hung together. More than likely, Harry & Chelsy are back in touch since she broke up with her bf.

    Pretty dress, but hated the placement of the tiara.

    Kate was not missed. Not by her husband or any of the other wedding guests. Besides, if she had been there, she would have taken away attention from the bride & Pippa.

  25. GiGi says:

    Did you guys catch the child attendants? They were dressed as Robin Hood and Faeries – soooo OTT!

  26. Talie says:

    Chelsea is still looking ratchet and that girl’s tiara is a little too big.

  27. bettyrose says:

    Chelsy looked stunning, but the for the rest . . . dear gawd why can’t these people dress like they’re in their 20s? (The attendees who chose their own outfits, I mean). They all look like they’re attending a 30th high school reunion and trying/failing to recapture their youthful spark.

  28. JulieM says:

    I think the bride look very happy so her smile and floaty dress over shadowed that huge tiara. I never thought I would see a tiara dripping in diamonds that was too big! As said above , her sister wore another tiara when she married 2 years ago and it was crooked. Hate to say it, but the Percy girls are just not that attractive. The boys are pretty average too. But who cares when you get to grow up at Hogwarts.

    Chelsy “won” the day, looking much more at ease than Cressida. The girl just doesn’t have the hang of boho.

  29. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    On average, how many weddings do the royals attend each year? It seems like they are constantly attending or being part of Lady Somebody’s wedding. That’s got to get boring after a while; maybe all the tacky outfits suggest that they are all fed up? Or jealous that, even as royals themselves, they don’t own Hogwarts? I am jealous of that myself.

    Specifically, Chelsy looks rough but cleaner than usual. I don’t care for the dress; the color is uninspiring. But she does look quite a bit better than that mess Cressida–not only is the dress/jacket nutty and tacky, but the flowers in the hair are all wrong. You are not on a windswept beach, Miss Cressida. Pull your wealthy self together.

    • lisa says:

      maybe that’s why they dont care how they look. 15 more people will get married next weekend.

      bea’s dress looks so ill fitting and cheap. i hated eugenie’s too tight aqua moto jacket the last time she wore it. girlfriend seriously has no idea what size she is. it’s a pity because i think eug would be cute if i redressed her. poor bea cant help being bug eyed.

  30. j.eyre says:

    Oh, I love the look of the wedding party. I think the bride looked lovely. I like the golden camel dresses in contrast to the stark white. I also love the blue button boutonnieres on the gentlemen – a nice spot of color.

    I really like the bouquets. I prefer my flower arrangements to be “messy.” I asked my florist to make my bridesmaids bouquets look as if they had just reached down and swiped a handful of wildflowers from a field.

  31. My_Truth says:

    I don’t know what it is but Pippa looks totally outta place with this group.

  32. Lizzie says:

    I reckon we are going to hear an engagement soon between Princess Beatrice and Dave Clark. There are photos of them together everywhere lately. We always knew that he was her boyfriend, but he was kept in the background. Now he is seen in all the pics. He has been there for many years too, so they have had to have a long courtship as well. Must be a royal thing.

  33. Lizzie says:

    Regarding the wedding. That is how that particular tiara is meant to be worn. It is a different design to say the one Kate wore at her wedding. I thought the bride looked gorgeous. But the two adult bridesmaids looked awful. A comb would have helped too. I know it was windy, but there are ways and means of keeping your hair looking tidy without looking like you have been dragged through a hedge backwards.

  34. mrsjennyk says:

    my god is chelsy an unfortunate looking woman! the orange skin doesn’t help either.

  35. Sharon Lea says:

    I don’t think Pippa’s dress was a good choice either. If you go to this article and view the footage (near bottom), you can see that Pippa had a hard time walking in her pencil skirt especially considering the wedding party had quite a distance to walk to the castle grounds.

    I so wish Harry and Chelsy were together!

  36. Miss M says:

    I wish Prince Ginger would get back to Chelsy.

  37. Lizzie says:

    I wonder what you give people like that for wedding presents? They have enough money to buy everything they need. And Mummy & Daddy probably bought them their house. Oh how the other half live

  38. Patty says:

    They are all so unattractive. Except for PHG of course.

  39. Thinker says:

    The DM has a video of everyone arriving at the church. When the Princes arrived it was incredibly telling that it was Harry the crowd shouted for.

    Pippa arrived completely alone, which was noticable because nobody else arrived alone. People whispered “her?” And one man whistled when her behind came into view.

    • LAK says:

      crowd preferring Harry? ….oh dear. If William is anything like his father, as we suspect he is, that is not going to end well.

      It’s a repetition of their parents’ public dynamic, With Harry in the Diana slot.

      Let’s hope William is better at handling it than his father did.

      • mslewis says:

        William will handle it quite well, I’m sure. I think he loves that Harry is the popular one with the crowds and the paps since I think William hates both.

      • FLORC says:


        William can be charismatic if he chooses, but it often shows through that he hates being at public events. Harry always looks like he wants to be where he is and he’s more handsome. And I bet William does like the paps, but only when they’re doing what he says. If he cant control something he lashes out.

    • Sachi says:

      I read in one forum that Chelsy was booed by the crowd and William was there with her.

      I don’t know if that’s true, but how horrible for Chelsy if it truly happened. She was just there to celebrate her BFF’s big day.

      The media’s campaign against her to make her out as a do-nothing party girl has cemented her image for some people. Even when she’s broken up with Harry for a while now, there are still the odd articles popping up comparing her to Kate and how Kate is so much better.

      The DM claimed Pippa was met with shouts of “Beautiful!”

  40. mslewis says:

    Sorry, I didn’t see anything beyond that TIARA!! That thing is amazing and fabulous.

    P.S.: I don’t think Pip every tried to “land” Georgie. I think they are now and always have been just friends. I think Georgie is GAY. And he and Pip are still friends because, otherwise, she would not have been invited. The Aristos don’t play around with people they don’t like and Pippa must be well-liked by the Percys or she would have been totally shut out.

    • JulieM says:

      I’ve wondered about that as well. Other than Pippa, has George ever had his name linked to any other women? I’m on the other side of the pond, so maybe he has and I just never read about it.

      • Justme says:

        Except for when we see him with Pippa, George is pretty quiet and stays out of the press. He is not a big nightclubber. He is said to be very shy and rather serious and a hard worker. (He has started a geothermal energy company).

        He and Pippa were flatmates at University. She dated one of his best friends (and HIS current flatmate, JJ Jardine Paterson). Their friends say they have a brother/sister kind of relationship.

      • Spooks says:

        Shy, serious and hard-working? How on Earth did he befriend Pipps?

      • Justme says:

        I think she may be able to bring him out of himself!! She may make things fun. And sometimes our Uni friends just stay friends even if they are not much like us.

        I think SHE befriended him because he was an ducal heir. But somehow they did become real friends somewhere along the line.

  41. Xantha says:

    I’m sorry but where’s the drama? So two exes went to the same event. Unless there was some huge throwdown I don’t get the big deal. People can be in the same vicinity with an ex and not act like 12 year olds.

    And can someone please tell me what is Prince Harry’s appeal? He’s not that cute, he too is starting to lose his hair, and he’s probably just as big of an asshole as the rest of this crowd.

    • mayamae says:

      I still appreciate Harry’s looks but his eyes seem to be growing closer together.

    • Flower says:

      There were actually 9 ex’s at the event, 6 of William’s and 3 of Harry’s. It’s all a bit incestuous, none of them seem to cast their net very far. What happens in the group stays in the group it appears.

    • Carolin says:

      Same for me. I found his comparison of war/kiling people from a helicpter and computer games really bad. He must be quite stupid to have said something like that – and obvioulsy meant it, too.

      • LAK says:

        ….except that he didn’t say that or make that comparison. It’s a straight up lie made up by the press.

        The uncensored video is on the British Armed Forces website if you want to see for yourself, and the part where he brings up the video games is where he is showing off his helicopter gunship and explaining how the different parts work.

        When he comes to the control stick, he says, ‘the different buttons on the stick are set up like a videogame console so it is perfect for the videogame generation in terms of operating it’. He says this as the camera is doing a close shot of the control stick and his hand/fingers on the control.

        It’s mindboggling how this made up lie was accepted by the public as fact because even the 1-2mins slices of video the media used to demonstrate the point aren’t of him saying this lie.

        And BTW, he wasn’t showing off the gnship just because he could. It’s a 45min video in which he is talking about his time in Afghanistan and his life in the army, his duties and responsibilities, so it’s a natural segway into showing his gunship. His fellow officers and work colleagues are also interviewed.

  42. Denise says:

    Technically, the land on which the house my husband and I have a mortgage on is owned by the Duke of Northumberland. We live in Northumberland and he owns the land. So I guess you kind of ‘borrow ‘ it when you buy a house. I’ve been to Alnwick Castle several times which is the official home of the Duke and the Percy family, they live there part of the year. You can walk around in certain rooms and there are lots of personal family photos which make you feel you shouldn’t be in their space, and a hell of a lot of taxidermied animals, especially small dogs. I’m not a royalist in the slightest, I found it all just really odd. Cool medieval castle though, it’s huge.

    • Suze says:

      I have heard of this before and it completely confuses me. So if you pay off your mortgage, does the Duke still own your land? Will it go back to the family eventually?

      I know that there is some brouhaha over Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall – about people dying intestate and the lands going back to the duchy. And apparently the queen has the same scheme going with whatever duchy she presides over.

      The whole thing is baffling to this Yank.

      • LAK says:

        In a nutshell, yes.

        Unless the person who owns the land decides to sell the lease to you.

        Most leases are several hundred years old, and most people try to buy houses with long leases because they can pass the home onto their relatives or sell at a good price.

        Depending on where your house is, buying the lease or renewing it, can be very expensive. In London, it runs to several millions.

        There are pockets of free land though, with houses on them such that when you buy the house, you also buy the land, so it isn’t entirely hopeless.

      • Flower says:

        Britain has basically two types of property holdings. Freehold where you own the land and house outright or Leasehold, where you only buy a lease on the property.

        A lot of land in Britain is either owned by the aristocracy or by the Church Commissioners. When you ‘buy’ their land you are actually only buying a ‘leasehold’, leaseholds are long typically 99yrs, sometimes (rarely) as much as 200yrs long. If you decide you want to sell your ‘leasehold’ house then you are actually only selling the remaining years left on the lease not the land/house itself, once the time is up on the lease, it reverts to the owner lock, stock and barrel.

        This a large part of inherited wealth in many aristocratic families, the paintings, the furniture the jewels can all go but they hang onto the land till they are destitute. Death duty is 40% in the UK so they are always looking for ways of making money, their 300million could evaporate at a moments notice.

      • FLORC says:

        I don’t see how this is too different from paying taxes here in the states. The government pretty much owns our land that our home sits on. He pay taxes to keep the government from seizing it As long as we keep paying we can stay. Unless imminent domain is claimed anyways. The government here is just replaced by aristos.

      • Flower says:

        You pay land taxes/council taxes as well in the UK, you do own the house and have all a house owners rights but only for 99yrs (or how ever long the lease hold is valid).

    • Suze says:

      Thank you Flower and LAK. Very informative.

      It seems to be a prohibitively expensive process to own a house in the UK. I would probably rent forever.

  43. chalkdustgirl says:

    I’m sorry–some of these dresses are absolute crap. Pippa’s dress looks like a $30 bargain dress from Fashion Bug.The girl in the glittery blue looks like she got her jacket from a clearance rack at the Disney Store.The princess next to Glitter Girl (Beatrice? Eugenie?) looks like she stole her suit from Grandma. Good God.

  44. Chi Chi says:

    Chelsy looks like Miss Piggy and generally rough!

    Cressida- is fresher looking and prettier, although that jacket is rubbish. She however looks very comfortable with the Royals, whereas Chelsy always kind of stuck out.
    They both have flat asses though!Clearly Harry has a type.

  45. Cicada says:

    Looks like someone raided the Golden Girls wardrobe for that blue sequin jacket.

    Wills is just clinging to what’s left of his hair, isn’t he?

  46. Meggin says:

    Chelsy is very unattractive! I also just hate that camel colored bridesmaids dress though yuck. Pippa looks great but I still think those hats look silly!

  47. Fan says:

    The wedding is so beautiful. I love the tiara. It’s like watching a Disney movie. The tiara looks medieval ( which I love so much) but the gown does not have the medieval theme. But I can’t complain. It is almost perfect.

  48. Betty says:

    Can I just say that I like Chelsy for basically not giving a single fuck about anything. She always looks like she’s having a blast.

    • Liberty says:

      @Betty – I have to agree. Yet she managed a law degree and actual work, too, making her even more “my way is fine and I don’t give fuck what you think.” Fresh air.

      I wish Harry would re-up with her. Otherwise I can only hope he meets J-Law. And Wills resigns so he can fish and play polo and then Harry and a Super More Fun Princess can make royalty more enjoyable plus worthwhile…instead of going about like do-nothing spoiled gas balls like W and K.

  49. palermo says:

    Harry is so cute! I love his hair. Will on the other hand looks almost bald and his teeth are odd

  50. Penguin says:

    @ spooks. Blasphemy!. Gloucester cathedral is Hogwarts.

  51. Mia says:

    I am so in love with the tiara the bride is wearing. It’s gorgeous! I think her dress and the bridesmaids dresses look kind of dated and matronly though. :-/ Harry looks handsome as usual, and Will looks 40, smh. I’ve always thought that Chelsy Davy had a really unfortunate looking face. Cressida looks like a similar (Harry seriously has a type) and way better looking version of Chelsy.

    • Michelle says:

      I think Chelsy looks the best she ever has here. There are more pictures of her at the DailyMail and she looks really pretty. Big improvement. I think her and Harry are meant for each other eventually.

      • G says:

        To the Royals, Cressida is great on paper, but its obvious she’s not the love of Harry’s life. Remember she was dating him when he went to Vegas and that naked party and she stuck around, so she’s down for the cause and willing to “work” for the status of being a Royal. As for Chelsy, ill give you that she’s got an edge to her that screams “shots please!” There’s an air to her of confidence and not giving a f**k that is captivating. If Harry pursues Cressida it won’t be for love- imagine Harry on his wedding day looking tense and a touch resigned?

  52. phaksi says:

    Cressida looks a hot mess. On Dlisted there’s a picture of Pippa’s face looking puffy, as if she has had some work done. “Things that make you go hmm”

  53. Backstage Bitchy says:

    I swear my fellow Bitchies are high today. Chelsea looks OLD. I have shoe leather from the 90s that looks better than that. I look better than that, and I’m about 15 years her senior, and sun damaged to boot. Obviously Pippa needs to lay off the tanning, but in these pics, it’s Chelsea who looks like the heir apparent to the “Tan Mom”…

  54. Kori says:

    Does anyone know if any of the Gloucesters were there? Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester was 1st cousin to the late previous Duchess of Northumberland (grandmother to the bride) and his children (who are closer in age to the Duke of Northumberland’s children) are 2nd cousins to the father of the bride. The Gloucesters and Northumberlands were pretty close, at least in the earlier generation. Also, was Eugenie’s teal (?) jacket/skirt combo the one she wore earlier to one of the Queen’s festivities?

  55. KayLastima says:

    What is it about these royal boys, Harry is losing his looks just like Wills did. And yes, his hair is starting to go and his father’s genes are coming on strong now. Geez!

  56. taxi says:

    These people aren’t very attractive, at least superficially. Bride’s dress is boring & that is a difficult sleeve length to wear well, which she doesn’t. The tiara is evidently important to her due to family history, but it isn’t flattering to her. Too big, poorly placed. Some might say gaudy? Certainly not delicate or feminine. Nice necklace.
    Since the bride decides what her attendants wear, they shouldn’t be blamed for their dresses.

    It’s hard to believe that anyone actually booed Chelsy. That’s incredibly disrespectful to the bride who chose her as maid of honor. This is about the rudest & most tasteless thing I’ve ever heard. Maybe good manners aren’t part of the aristo social life after all? Also speculating about whether Kate would have been “welcome” is tasteless. She’s the wife of a groomsman. If the groom selected William for that role, William’s wife should be very welcome, had she chosen to attend. If this spoiled & childish behavior is typical of British so-called upper class, I’m glad I don’t live there. Booing the Maid of Honor? Mind-boggling.

    • Flower says:

      If the booing is to be believed, a big IF, then it was the general public at the entrance of the castle who booed not the guests at the wedding.

      You must be having a bad day of you think the tiara is gaudy and the dress has beautiful detail (beads and crystals on the bodice) and fits her perfectly. Admittedly Melissa is wearing the tiara like a hat, it would have looked better back on the head but some tiaras can’t be adjusted, they do not always fall into the category of ‘one size fits all’.

      Perhaps a better photo might change your mind about the tiaras fabulousness.

      • taxi says:

        Yes, it’s massive & has fabulous stones but that doesn’t necessarily make it becoming. Nothing feminine or flattering about having a too-big tiara covering her hairline & forehead. That piece might have looked better with a different hairdo. I understand that the wedding day is when she’ll parade as much of the family bling as she can, but does that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s pretty. Why not wear a different one from the collection that actually fits? This one overwhelms her face & looks top-heavy.

        No private security at the estate entrance to keep away the vociferous rabble?

      • Justme says:

        They need to walk from the Castle to the church – just down the street, but it is a public street.

  57. Lark says:

    Love Chelsy! Yes, she looks like a bit of a hot mess but she’s educated, works her butt off, and decided the royal fishbowl wasn’t for her.

  58. rae says:

    its just a shame, William is losing his hair. All his friends all have a full set of hair. Those windsor hair genes are strong. William definitely has lost his good looks

  59. Mew says:

    Looking at the pictures like this makes their dresses look actually really ridiculous and the only sane clothing seems to be men’s and bride’s… it’s like a carnival of lunatics. Kinda same thing that if you repeat some random word again and again it just starts sounding really odd.

  60. Mia says:

    Pippa is always giving coy looks to the camera, she’s awful!

  61. Maria says:

    The bride and groom looked great and so did the bridal party. Agreed that Chelsey looks “hard”. I also think she lacks poise and class, but that’s something you are born with. Even Kate doesn’t have that special “umf”. Bash me, but Diana did. And Pippa, Pippa is lucky she has the coat-tails of her sister to ride on.

  62. aquarius64 says:

    Pippa is NOT a royal; her sister Kate is one by marriage. I think Pippa is jealous that Kate managed to land the future king of England. She doesn’t mind riding the royal coattails though; and she shows up at these weddings hoping to bag a titled bachelor.

    • mslewis says:

      Whether royal or not, one does not simply “show up” at a wedding. Pippa was invited to this wedding because she is a friend of a member of this family. She went to school with and shared a house with George Percy so they have been friends for over 10 years. She runs with this crowd, parties with them and goes to events with them. That is a fact and if you think otherwise, you’re wrong.

      • FLORC says:

        All true enough, but the family is large and if they all invited everyone they knew for years to the wedding it would be over crowded. It certainly helped a lot that Pippa’s sister is Kate. I also think Pippa came alone to make herself available for any single men with titles. She could have brought a significant other.

      • taxi says:

        Re: Pippa arriving solo – maybe she was George’s “date” or her invitation didn’t include “…and Guest”. Along with not showing up uninvited, one doesn’t take a guest unless that option is offered by the host.

      • Justme says:

        I really don’t think any of these weddings include a “bring a guest” or a “plus one” option. They don’t want people there they do not know.

        Pippa went to the older Percy sisters wedding as well. She and George are old friends and she has been on visits to the castle. From all anyone can see he likes her and so do at least some of the other folks at this wedding. She was also a teammate of Melissa’s at Queens Club tennis.

  63. ladybert62 says:

    All of those dresses and hats are awful.

    The tiara on the bride looks silly – her dress is pretty.

  64. Maggie says:

    The bride looks like she just sucked on a lemon.

  65. raincoaster says:

    Somebody should shoot the hairdresser for plonking the tiara on like that without putting it in properly. It would look a lot better if it were not parallel to the ground.

  66. Elise says:

    Congratulations to the bride and groom: they both look happy. Unlike many British aristocrats, I actually find Lady Melissa Percy quite pretty and refreshing (more so than Catherine). I also think Chelsy looks nice and her face matured a bit. I’m not too keen on Pippa’s outfit, or her weird expressions in some of the pictures. Holly Branson looks pretty as well.

  67. booboobird says:

    Cressida pretending she like honeybadger. trying too hard.
    bride looks lovely.
    love the cornflowers and messy bouquets.
    Wills hair unfortunate.
    Chelsy always has looked rough. i guess tha’s what parties, drinks, cigarettes and bad genes do to you.
    Pippa with her pinky ring. sit down ain’t aristo. and even then it’s the men usually.

  68. cocomama419 says:

    The tiara is so chucky. And the dress is weird. The bodice is pretty but the bottom half looks sewn on at the last minute. I like the bridesmaid dresses designs, but the color is awful. Something summery would have been better.

    As for the guess all the most of the women look so budget. Especially Cressida. She looks like she got a beach cover up from the junior section of JCPenney and paired with a jacket from the Misses section.

    The men look nice though.

  69. jmb says:

    I saw the video of the booing – it wasn’t like ‘real’ boos, it was quite funny/panto-esque: William and Chelsy etc were going to get in a car to go back to the castle but the crowd wanted to see them walk, so they started booing, then cheered once William &co decided to walk instead. It’s all light hearted when you see it.