Will Duchess Kate ‘host’ Pippa Middleton’s bachelorette party in Switzerland?

One thing to look forward to in this, our year of the apocalypse, is that Pippa Middleton is finally getting married to Terribly Rich James Matthews. The wedding is going down on May 20 in Berkshire, with a small church wedding and then a reception to follow at Middleton Manor, where I’m absolutely sure that Carole Middleton will be the center of attention. No one is even sure if Duchess Kate is going to be her sister’s matron of honor, which surprises me a little bit, that we haven’t gotten that information. Some people say that Pippa isn’t even going to have a maid or matron of honor, but that Kate will have some duties during the ceremony, like reading a poem or something. Anyway, in America, it’s traditionally the maid or matron of honor’s duty to organize the bachelorette party. In the UK, I believe they call it a “hen party.” So is Kate going to organize Pippa’s hen party? And if so, will Kate just use it as an excuse to fly out of the country for another luxury vacation?

Before Pippa Middleton marries former race car driver James Matthews on May 20, her big sis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is pulling out all the stops for a bachelorette party, Life & Style has learned.

“Kate is arranging a no-expenses-spared weekend at a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps for Pippa and 15 of her closest friends,” a source reveals of the girls’ trip.

The activities list includes skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and massages. Plus, the source notes, “Kate is hiring private chefs to cook a lavish 10-course tasting dinner featuring some of Pippa’s own dishes.” However, Kate is still working out the details on the weekend’s real showstopper: “She’s arranging surprise performances by the likes of Ellie Goulding,” the source explains, “and possibly some even bigger stars.”

[From Life & Style]

I doubt it. I mean, it’s possible Kate is planning the hen party, but I doubt this is the party she’s planning. I seriously doubt Kate would put that much effort into throwing a party for someone else. Why would she when she could just get her mummy to organize it? That being said, it could be that “Pippa’s hen party” will be the excuse given when Will and Kate go on a month-long ski vacation to Switzerland with the Middletons. THAT I could see. But no, it won’t involve Ellie Goulding or Kate having to organize anything other than a hair appointment.



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  1. astrid says:

    Hair appointment! snort. Great selection of “hair” pics LOL

  2. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    The hen party will just be like the wedding, fully comp’ed by cashing in on the royal connections. Stories like this are plants to help Ma Mids get discounts and freebies – by saying Kate is organising it people will fall over themselves to give them stuff for nowt. They will be hoping to the whole thing for free with ‘hints’ to the press like this.

  3. Alix says:

    “15 of her closest friends”? That’s a lot. How many close friends does Kate have?

  4. Sixer says:

    Winter sports doesn’t sound like a hen party up my alley. Mine was organised by the Sister Mafia and it was a drunken pub crawl affair. I don’t remember much (I’m hopeless at drinking and this is why I don’t do it often) but I think it was good.

    I hope we don’t get plastered with this wedding here in Britland. It will make me spit tacks if we do. I just want my FLYING ELVI and a DIFFERENT WEDDING.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Well skiing is on the family crest so a skiing party is not very imaginative. I wonder if they’ll try and blag Andrews chalet in Davos for it.

      • Emily says:

        The Middletons bullied the York girls didn’t they? Prince Andrew might not be keen on granting them any favours…

      • Amelia says:

        Family crest?!

        I can smell the desperation from here. Someone throw Carole into a lake, see if that satiates her Sahara levels of thirst.

      • LAK says:

        Amelia: Middleton family crest from the college of arms:


        The 3 acorns symbolise the 3 middleton children

        The 2 white lines represent the family’s love of mountains and particularly skiing.

        The gold chevron in the Middle of the crest represents Carole Middleton whose maiden name is Goldsmith (get it?)

        The red and blue is taken from the British flag.

      • Amelia says:

        I know it isn’t intended to be, but that is absolutely hilarious *snorts into tea*

        Okay guys, we get it – you’re posh now. Or something.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        @lak. Don’t the acorns have some sort royal means my too?

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        To correct my above post – royal meaning too?

      • LAK says:

        Digital Unicorn (aka Betti): in the context of the Middletons, nope!

        In British tradition, Oaks symbolise strength and survival, but according to the college of arms that wasn’t why the Middletons chose it.

        It seems there are lots of oak trees near their home at the time of the wedding and that’s as much thought that went into the choice.

        No deeper explanation has been given for the choice, not even attempting to tie it to the traditional symbolism of the oak tree and it’s acorns.

      • Olenna says:

        @Amelia, your comments made my otherwise abysmal day a little brighter! ;-)

      • Amelia says:

        Olenna, I’m very glad to have helped in some small way on this crappiest of crappy days ☺️

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Thanks for the details LAK, I hadn’t heard about the 2 white linens = mountains and skiing. Was there anything for Michael’s side of the family, the Middletons or just for the gold Chevron for the Goldsmiths?

      • LAK says:

        Sharon Lea: nothing from the Michael Middleton side of the family, BUT the coat of arms was granted to Michael and his descendants which is a consolation i guess.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m with Betti; if they do it it might be at Andrew’s chalet, as long as Andrew isn’t holding a grudge against Charles side of the family . . . . .

      I am not sure I buy the story though. It seems too over the top to me.

    • Sixer says:

      I’ll die laughing if Andrew blows them off and it gets out!

  5. Chrisi says:

    Kate and reading a poem? We all know how that will go down..

  6. Jennifer says:

    Is it just me or does Pippa look extra cute in the top pic? Not sure why. Possibly because she looks a bit rounder in the face due to her hair?

    That will be a PRETTY pregnant lady if/when she gets knocked up.

  7. JustME says:

    Kate has friends? And no, that’s not throwing shade, I thought her only friends are Pippa and Carole.

    • LAK says:

      I think article is poorly written because Pippa has lots of friends. Kate has William’s friends.

      • JustME says:

        That’s what I thought… thanks.

      • HappyMom says:

        And probably not too many of those since she can’t be bothered to go to any of their weddings . . .

      • Bridget says:

        But if the article was about Pippa’s bachelorette party, why would Kate be inviting her own friends (if she had any) anyway?

      • Emma says:

        Kate does have friends: Trini Foyle, Sophie Carter, Emilia D’Erlanger, to name a few. Just because the media doesn’t write about them doesn’t mean they don’t exist

      • LAK says:

        Emma: Let me rephrase, Kate has one friend, Trini Foyle.

        The rest, including Emma and Sophie, are William’s friends. Useful to Kate and perhaps alliances forged, but primarily William’s friends.

      • joannie says:

        And Princess Mary

  8. . says:

    She would hire someone who would plan the party. She’s way too lazy and selfish.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      I’m surprised there haven’t been reports that Kate and Pippa’s burlesque dancer cousin, Katrina Darling – is helping Emma Sayle (Killing Kittens sex party queen) plan a hen night.

  9. Mrs.Curious says:

    Is Kate still friends with Emma Sayle ;)

  10. Jb says:

    I think Kate is working on spare #2 and can’t/won’t be matron with a bump. If she doesn’t get pregnant than she’ll be named. I think warm beach over ski for Hen party. Excuse to head to Mustique.

  11. Cerys says:

    Planning a party for Pippa will be a good excuse for not doing more royal duties. The poor dear couldn’t possibly tire herself out by doing both. Also, if they get a freebie from someone with an expensive house then I’m sure they will all take full advantage.

  12. Deedee says:

    Kate has/had a friend that sold sex toys at parties, was it called Killing Kittens or some such thing? Maybe she can help spice up the hen party.

  13. Bridget says:

    Sounds fun, except for the Ellie Goulding part. That sounds so awkward to have someone play a private performance for 15 women. All I can imagine is her singing in a hotel room in front of a bunch of women sitting on couches. Not to mention, the people doing surprise performances typically expect to be paid.

  14. hey-ya says:

    …that top photo of the sisters heads together would make a great portrait along the lines of how Singer Sargent used to paint….

  15. Jackrabbit says:

    It’s uncanny how much Pippa and Meghan Markle look alike – I had to look twice and read it twice before it registered it was a post about Pippa!

    • Olenna says:

      I think it’s the skin tone and noses that are similar, but I saw side-by-side pics of them and they really don’t look alike.

  16. Gemma says:

    Hens party. With an s :)

  17. Tough Cookie says:

    I was hoping for a Waity post today!!! Bonus: the link and LAK’s explanation of the Middleton family crest. Even though it’s been covered before it always makes me do this weird snort/giggle sound.

    “The 2 white lines represent the family’s love of mountains and particularly skiing.”

  18. Harla Jodet says:

    I just have to say “Thank You” for writing this article! I’m avoiding anything to do with inaguration, so this is the perfect antidote for the impending apocalypse.

  19. Amelie says:

    I could see Ellie Goulding showing up. She sang at William and Kate’s wedding reception so there is a connection there.

  20. Cee says:

    I was at the dentist’s this morning and I opened an old issue of ¡Hola! Argentina and there was a 3 page spread dedicated to Pippa Middleton. With posed photos of her running or in sports clothes.

    This is the level we have reached – Pippa Middleton appears in argentine magazines.

  21. Tourmaline says:

    I don’t think Life and Style has any valid sources as to what is going on with the Middletons.

  22. Bahare says:

    Serious question. Who and how does a family get a family Crest? Is it a digital acquisition these days similar to paying on the Internet to be a minister? Are these crests used and treated with respect in the UK ? Thanks.

    • LAK says:

      A Coat of arms is granted by the College of arms. No other way to acquire one.


      The process is laid out in their link below.


      In the past, you were granted one because of community service or service to the crown, and it was designed to reflect your service, community and or something regarding your patron govt (or monarch).

      It induces giggles that the Middletons received a COA for the simple reason of marrying Kate into the royal family – talk about service for your country!!!!

      It’s doubly funny, and unitentionally revealing, that their COA is all about themselves rather than service to community and country.

      • Zardi123 says:

        Well said LAK and its so true its always about themselves
        its money money money thats all they care about

  23. joannie says:

    This is unrelated but I think Kate would look amazing in the outfit that Melanie Trump wore to the inauguration today.
    I think Kate purposely keeps her personal life on the low down. I’m a private person myself and really pick and choose what I share with people. My sister is my best friend too.

  24. Polly says:

    Off topic, but here are a few news articles about confirming that William is quitting the esa job to focus on royal work. Apparently they’ll be moving to London in September.

    • Deedee says:

      Yes and they had to use the word “keen” in the press release. We know that’s the code word for “not going to work, not really, more vacations, please.”

    • India Andrews says:

      I thought releasing that news the same day Trump takes office was interesting.