Royal Wedding: Maid of Honor, Best Man Named

Prince Harry to be best man, Pippa Middleton to be maid of honor.

ByABC News
February 14, 2011, 6:30 AM

LONDON, Feb. 14, 2011— -- This Valentine's Day brings another round of royal wedding announcements.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton have named the maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man and ring bearers for their wedding.

Clarence House, via Twitter of course, released the update Monday morning.

Kate has asked her sister, Pippa Middleton, to be her maid of honor. And William has asked his brother, Prince Harry, to be his best man.

As for the bridesmaids and ring bearers, this lesser known line-up consists of little royals, most of them unknown to the public.

Among them, 7-year-old Lady Louise Windsor, the youngest of the queen's granddaughters. Lady Louise is the daughter of William's uncle, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who are the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

"It is Louise's coming out to the world," said Dickie Arbiter, the queen's former press secretary.. "She was born with a squint; her parents have been very protective."

Lady Louise was born with a rare condition that causes her eyes to point outwards.

A source from the palace said, "Louise is thrilled ... and can't stop chattering about it."

The queen's youngest granddaughter is to be joined by other little royals with large titles: The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, Master William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, and Miss Eliza Lopes, aged 3.

Up next are Prince Will's godchildren: Miss Grace van Cutsem, 3, and Master Tom Pettifer, 8.

Details about the bridesmaids' dresses and the ring bearers' uniforms will be kept secret until the wedding day.

Speaking of dresses, the British newspapers are abuzz with news that former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is sending a selection of her clothes to Kate Middleton.

The move from the singer-turned-designer follows reports of the future queen saying she was a fan of Beckham's designs.

As we all know from the Michelle Obama effect on the fashion industry, there is no quicker way for a designer to be catapulted to the top of the A-list than to dress someone like Middleton.

"Seems a bit of self-publicity going on, on the back of the royal family," said Arbiter. "I hope Catherine doesn't fall for it."

Also on the fashion front, that transparent dress Kate wore at age 20 in a fashion show when she first caught Will's eye, is to be auctioned off in London next month.

The young designer, Charlotte Todd, did not end up pursuing a career in fashion, but auctioneers estimate that bidders will pay around $15,000 for the dress that made Kate a future queen.

Meanwhile, the newlyweds will likely spend a few days at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after the wedding on April 29, before jetting off to a less draughty location.

As for today, flight Lieutenant William Windsor has Valentine's Day off. We can only guess what surprises he'll have planned for his future bride.

But, if the prince listens to advice from America's first lady, Michelle Obama, it'll be jewelry for Middleton. Oh yes, and he better make her chuckle.