Lady Louise 'so excited' as Kate's bridesmaids revealed

14 FEBRUARY 2011

'I remember William, then four, as a page boy': Royal correspondent Judy Wade

The lucky friends and relatives who will play their part in the royal wedding have been confirmed.

Prince Harry has been asked to serve as best man during the wedding of his brother Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Meanwhile, Kate has asked her sister, Pippa Middleton, to be her maid of honour, leading the four bridesmaids.

 

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A number of close friends and family are also serving as bridesmaids and page boys.

Seven-year-old Lady Louise Windsor is one of the lucky four, and it will be a rare public appearance for the Queen's youngest granddaughter and daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie.

Since birth Lady Louise has suffered from exotropia – a condition causing a severe squint – and her parents have reportedly wanted to protect her from media attention.

 

 

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Joining Lady Louise will be Grace Van Cutsems, the daughter of the Van Cutsems who are close family friends from Norfolk and have known the Prince since childhood.

The third bridesmaid is the Duchess of Cornwall 's granddaughter Eliza Lopes, the daughter of Harry and Laura Lopes.

 

Viscount Linley's eight-year-old daughter Margarita, the second cousin of the Prince, will also feature as a bridesmaid.

 

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There will be two page boys, Billy Lowther-Pinkerton and Tom Pettifer.

Ten-year-old Billy is the son of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who has been secretary to Prince William since 2005 and a very close friend.

Eight-year-old Tom is the Prince's godson and son of Tiggy Pettifer, née Legge-Bourke who was personal assistant to the Prince of Wales during the Nineties and also nanny to William.

Details about the bridesmaids' dresses and the page boys' uniforms will be made available on the day of the wedding.

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