Prince William chooses Harry as his best man: palace

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Prince William has asked his brother Prince Harry to be his best man when he marries Kate Middleton on April 29, and she has asked her sister Philippa to be maid of honour, the palace said Monday.

"Prince William has asked his brother, Prince Harry, to be his best man," said a statement from St James's Palace.

It added: "Miss Catherine Middleton has asked her sister, Miss Philippa Middleton, to be her maid of honour."

Harry, 26, had previously expressed his delight at his older brother's engagement, saying: "It means I get a sister, which I have always wanted."

Philippa, also 26, known as Pippa, is Kate's younger sister and is a regular on the London social circuit. The bride-to-be also has a brother, James.

Kate, 29, and William, 28, met in 2001 at St Andrews University in Scotland where they were both studying art history.

They announced their engagement in November and will marry in Westminster Abbey on April 29 in what will be the biggest British royal wedding since William's late mother Diana married Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981.

The palace also revealed that seven-year-old Louise Windsor, the daughter of Prince Charles' youngest brother Edward, the Earl of Wessex, will among four bridesmaids and two page boys attending the wedding.

The others include William's godchildren Grace van Cutsem -- the three-year-old daughter of Hugh van Cutsem, a close friend of Prince Charles -- and Tom Pettifer, the eight-year-old son of William's childhood nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke and Charles Pettifer.

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