Church of England guidelines may mean Pippa Middleton’s wedding could be gate-crashed
The church’s guidelines state that the public are allowed to attend celebrity weddings regardless of their relation to the bride and groom.
These guidelines mean people like your or me, could go to Pippa’s wedding if they wanted to. It’s been announced that the ceremony will take place at St Mark’s Church in Berkshire on the 20th May.
‘A marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners are entitled to attend […]as long as there is available seating or standing room unless a genuine question of safety or security arises’, says the guidelines that have been released.
Stephen Borton, a law expert has made a statement saying, “The document is pretty clear. Parishioners and those on the electoral roll have the absolute right to attend services of public worship, and they can’t be denied access.
‘Marriages are not a private event, they are public.
‘It is a parish church and if any of the parishioners or any of those on the electoral roll wished to attend, they could not legally be refused. That of course does not extend to those from outside, such as the press,’ he added.
It’s predicted that Berkshire residents who wish to celebrate with Pippa on her big day will be very pleased with these guidelines.
Chairman of the parish council, Andrew House, has said, “Some people will no doubt want to wish the couple well, especially those Englefield parishioners who knew the Middleton family from when they lived in the area. Kate went to Brownies here and there are still people in the area who remember her”.