Duchess ner­vous as young roy­als play lead­ing role

Weekend Herald - - WORLD -

Watch­ing a small child tot­ter down the aisle as brides­maid or page­boy is a proud mo­ment for any par­ent. It is also fraught with nerves over what ex­actly they might do dur­ing their mo­ment in the spotlight.

Spare a thought, then, for the Duchess of Cam­bridge, who has con­fided she is a lit­tle ner­vous about how Prince Ge­orge, 3, and his 2- year- old sis­ter Princess Char­lotte may be­have dur­ing their star turn in Pippa Mid­dle­ton’s wed­ding.

The Duchess, who ap­peared at the first gar­den party of the sea­son at Buck­ing­ham Palace, told a vis­i­tor she was “re­ally look­ing for­ward” to the wed­ding, but warned “you never know” quite what chil­dren their age might do. Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte are to take the roles of page­boy and brides­maid at the wed­ding of their aunt, Pippa Mid­dle­ton, to James Matthews.

They will walk with her at St Mark’s Church, En­gle­field, with the Duke and Duchess and grand­par­ents Ca­role and Michael Mid­dle­ton watch­ing on proudly.

The Duchess spoke to An­drew Bates and his wife Janet.

They were among 8000 guests at the Buck­ing­ham Palace gar­den party at­tended by the Queen, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh and other mem­bers of the wider royal fam­ily.

Af­ter dis­cussing the Mid­dle­tonMatthews wed­ding with the Duchess, An­drew Bates, 55, from Coven­try said: “She said that they were all re­ally look­ing for­ward to her sis­ter’s wed­ding at the week­end but she was a bit wor­ried about how her chil­dren might be­have.

“She said she was hope­ful that they would be good but you never know at that age.”

Bates was in­vited to the gar­den party in recog­ni­tion of 28 years of work look­ing af­ter the sound for the Queen’s speech and other ma­jor royal events.

Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte will be page­boy and brides­maid.

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