Pippa Middleton’s wedding to millionaire hedge fund manager James Matthews yesterday cost as much as £700,000.
No expense was spared as the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, tied the knot.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wave as they leave the church married
A strict ban on posting photos on social media was enforced as guests included Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Wills won’t have wanted to be videoed dad dancing, as he was on a Swiss ski trip earlier this year.
But details of the lavish bash have started to leak out.
Thousands of canapes – including mini haggis, foie gras, langoustine, asparagus, steak and chips and king prawns – were served at a champagne reception at the Englefield Estate after the ceremony at St Mark’s Church.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte reportedly helped serve finger sandwiches.
Then, about 300 guests reportedly enjoyed a five-course meal presented by luxury caterer Table Talk.
Haggis and Scottish lamb were reportedly served – in a nod to Mr Matthews’ Scottish connections.
A mystery Russian donated 17lbs beluga caviar – worth an eye-watering £40,000.
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Toasts were made with Ruinart Blanc de Blanc champagne – which retails at between £50 and £150 – at the earlier champagne reception.
English sparkling wine was reportedly served at the evening do.
But this was no pale imitation of proper champagne.
Guests quaffed 2010 Blanc de Noir Tillington by Sussex winery Nyetimber – which costs £75 per bottle.
There was also a luxury whisky bar – another nod to the Matthews family’s Glen Affric estate in the Scottish Highlands.
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Mr Matthews – a former racing driver – reportedly paid tribute to his late brother Michael, who died aged 23 after becoming the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest.
His body has never been found.
James is believed to have said Michael was looking down on him and bride Pippa on their big day.
Mr Matthews’ other brother Spencer – of Made in Chelsea fame – was best man.
Details of his speech are yet to leak – but the infamous badboy was warned not to embarrass his family in front of the royal guests.
Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were probably the biggest VIPs at the wedding.
But all eyes were on the look out for Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle.
However, Harry’s Suits actress girlfriend failed to show up for the ceremony – possibly to avoid upstaging the bride as many Royal watchers have been waiting anxiously for him to pop the question.
Don’t fear for the couple’s future just yet though. Harry drove to collect her from Kensington Palace after the church service and drove her to the reception.
Best man Spencer Matthews’ Irish model girlfriend Vogue Williams did not appear.
Sources suggest their relationship was too new to warrant an invite.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer and TV presenter Donna Air – who has dated Pippa’s brother James – were among the A-list celebs in attendance.
The ceremony and church service was held at St Mark’s Church Englefield, Berkshire, near Pippa’s parents’ house.
There is a closer church to Michael and Carole’s £6million home in nearby Bucklebury, but St Mark’s is on the Englefield estate, giving it more privacy.
About 300 guests were invited back to Middleton’s estate for an adults-only evening reception.
A £100,000 glass marquee was erected in the garden for the event.
It was decorated with pink cherry blossom trees and purple fibre optic lights.
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Royal party planners Fait Accompli reportedly co-ordinated the entertainment for the evening.
Two World War 2 Spitfire aircraft carried out a 10-minute flypast at about 8.40pm.
A live band played jazz versions of Call on Me by Eric Prydz and The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.
There was also a DJ.
A table tennis tournament was held and Roger Federer – widely considered to be one of the best tennis players of all time – joined in.